The Hopkins Chess Club held the 2019 CT State Grade Chess Championships on January 19th, 2019 in Heath Commons. This is the third year in a row that the club hosted a chess tournament. The first year in 2017 attracted 60 attendees and this year's tournament attracted 400 attendees including 160 players representing 30 schools from all over Connecticut. Chess Haven, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the educational benefits of chess to the classroom, sponsored this event.
Pictured at top are the Hopkins volunteers that helped at the tournament. (L–R) Terence Mooney (Hopkins Faculty Adviser for the Chess Club and English Teacher), Khelan Parikh '20, Parker Connelly '20, Cole Markham '20 (Chess Club co-head), Jake Wang '20 (Chess club co-head and tournament organizer), George Wang '20 (Chess club co-head and tournament organizer), Rehab Senanu '20, Ian Dailis '20, (Not pictured: Izzy Lopez-Kalapir '20, and Sarvin Bhagwagar '24)
Pictured above: 2018 U.S. Open Scholastic Champions George Wang and Jake Wang hosted a chess simultaneous exhibition against 11 other tournament participants, including the 3rd Grade State Champion and the runner-up 6th grade State champion, after they hosted the State Championships. They went 11-0 against these aspiring young players. Photo by Peter Mahakian.