Greenwich Academy student Helena Servin-Demarrais, our overall Middle School champion, was recognized during our 2015-16 NSCF Grand Prix Awards ceremony held at Greenwich Country Day School on Sunday, November 10.
“Anyone can have a great event and take home a tournament trophy. The Grand Prix Awards recognize the persistence and determination of our chess players over an extended period of time,” said NSCF Executive Director Sunil Weeramantry.
Other award winners in attendance include Jared Schwartz, Ozzie Kelly-Yuoh and Aurelius Mlynar who took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the 5th grade competition; little sister Seraphina Mlynar who took 2nd place in the 2nd grade section while Ronan Krishna took 3rd; Charles Doyle and Oliver Servedio who took 1st and 3rd place in the K-1 section, and Sanah Rehki who took 4th place in Middle School. For a complete list of champions, visit our 2015-16 Grand Prix results page.
The awards were presented during a break between rounds during a GCDS tournament that is part of the 2016-17 Grand Prix season. “By presenting these awards during a tournament,” Sunil said, “we hope to inspire new players to see that in chess, as in life, there’s not always an immediate reward. You have to work hard, and often for some length of time, before you realize your goals.”
Now in its 18th year, over 25,000 young chess players from New York and Connecticut have competed in the NSCF Grand Prix over its history. “Even more important to us is the number who have gone on to great success in life,” Sunil said. “We often hear from them that their experiences in competitive chess helped them be better-prepared for challenges they faced in later life.”
Photo Credit: Pictures courtesy of Jennifer Davidson, 2016-17 Chess Chair at Greenwich Country Day School. Thanks Jennifer!