South Burlington’s long standing dominance in chess withstood an onslaught from dozens of players from throughout Vermont at the 29th annual Vermont Scholastic Chess Championships held April 2 in Berlin, Vermont. One hundred thirty five students from across the state competed for grade level championships in kindergarten through grade six, plus middle school and high school championships.
Ragulan Sivakumar, a student at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, won the high school division championship. The win earned Sivakumar an invitation to the Denker National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana in August.
South Burlington High School won the high school team competition with strong performances from Devin Lumbra (3rd place), Bobby Hall (fifth place), Jeremy Little (sixth place), and Jackson Hauffman (15th place).
Orchard School student Emma Xia extended her winning streak to three consecutive years when she won the third grade championship. Not to be outdone, Emma’s brother Evan, also a student at Orchard, won the first grade championship.
In addition, Michael Cafiero finished third in the middle school division and Simon Cafiero, a student at the Orchard School, finished second in fifth grade.
By Paul Fitzgerald, Queen City Chess Club