TAMA Chess Tournaments: a fun challenge for kids
(Left) Getting ready for a fun challenge.
The Telugu Association of Metro Atlanta (TAMA) conducted its 10th semiannual chess tournament (its second scholastic) on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Big Creek Elementary School in Cumming, GA. TAMA has been conducting two chess tournaments open to the public every year, one in March and one in October, since 2015. More than 110 students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade participated in this year’s tournament sponsored by Satya Gadde from Dream Realty Group LLC and Vijitha Gutta from Curie Learning Center.
The room was full with more than 110 kids, from kindergarten to 12th grade, participating.
(Left) These kids look like they know what they're doing!
A 4-round Swiss system and time control of G30 + 5 sec delay was followed in all four sections of U1200, U800, U400, and Unrated. The tournament started at 10 am sharp with check-ins, first round at 10:30 am and the following rounds at 12:30 pm, 2 pm and 3:30 pm.
Kids played seriously in a fun environment. While kids played in the cafeteria, parents waited in the gym and also spent time at Curie Learning Center and Youth Technology Learning Center (YTLC) booths.
(Left) King-sized customized trophies!
Trophies went to the top 5 players in each section, plus score trophies and certificates for all the participants; presentations were made by the sponsors, TAMA Executive Committee, and Board of Directors. Everyone took pictures with their trophies along with parents. Though it rained all day, TAMA pulled more than 110 players to this tournament, which is the average at all TAMA sports events. Along with free pizza and water bottles to all, tea was served to parents. The food and the king-sized customized trophies were big hits, as was the idea of chess tournaments for enriching the kids’ talents.
TAMA sports secretary Rupendra Vemulapalli, with support from past chairmen Rajesh Jampala and Srinivas Lavu, current chairman Vinay Maddineni, Board Secretary Rajasekhar Chunduri, Director Kamal Satuluru, President Venky Gadde, President Elect Bharath Maddineni, Secretary Innaiah Yenumula, Treasurer Priya Balusu, Education Secretary Sairam Karumanchi, Event Secretary Suresh Bandaru, Community Services Secretary Bharath Avirneni and excellent coordination with seasoned tournament director Mr. Parnell Watkins managed to finish the tournament without a hitch.
Sponsors addressed the crowd and appreciated TAMA's efforts on behalf of the children. TAMA EC and Board members felicitated the sponsors and announced the upcoming Diwali event on November 9th in Norcross. The tournament ended with a vote of thanks from TAMA President Venky Gadde, thanking all the players, parents, sponsors, venue management, coordinators, and volunteers for making TAMA's 10th semiannual chess tournament a grand success.
[The article above is a Website Bonus Feature, appearing only on the website for November 2019, not in the print/digital issues.] [Published November 8, 2019.]
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