Hamilton International sixth-grader wins two national chess titles
Marcell Szabo, a sixth-grader at Hamilton International Middle School, won two chess championships which took place Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 in Orlando, Florida. He won the U.S. 2012 National 6th-Grade Level Championship and the 2012 U.S. National K-6 Blitz Championship.
Szabo was the only student representing Hamilton International who competed at the National Grade Level Chess Championship. Eight other students from Washington state were among the 1,293 students attending the tournament. Marcell competed for the sixth-grade national title with 130 other sixth-graders.
The tournament lasted for three days and he competed in seven rounds. Szarbo started the tournament as the fourth-highest rated player among the sixth-graders on Friday, Nov. 30. By Sunday, Dec. 3, he had won six games and drew one game. With this result, he earned the first-place title.
Also, just before the tournament, Szabo competed in a special side event – a K-6 National Blitz Championship. He played 12 five-minute games with six opponents as a warm up. He won 10 points out of a possible 12 points, With this result, Szarbo earned the U.S. National K-6 Blitz Champion of 2012 title.
Photo courtesy of Anita Marton
Marcell Szarbo shows his two trophies - the 2012 National 6th-Grade Level Champion and the 2012 U.S. National K-6 Blitz Champion.