Scholastic Chess of Indiana

2015 Individual State Finals

Nearly 300 players participated at the 26th Annual SCI Individual State Finals on January 24, 2015 at Pike High School in Indianapolis.  Champions were crowned in seven divisions based on grade and rating.  Six of the seven divisions were won with a perfect score.

In the 12th & Under Championship division, senior Sean Vibbert was a perfect 4-0 and claimed the $2000, “Teddy” Jacobi Scholarship.  Sean has won a total of $8,000 in scholarships during his years playing in the SCI Championships.  Sean will represent Indiana in the Denker Tournament of High School Champions this summer.

In the 8th & Under Championship division, another perfect score was turned in by Kevin Wang.  Kevin was awarded the $1000, Billy Colias Scholarship and will represent Indiana in the Barber Tournament of High School Champions this summer.

Bingrui Wang won the 6th & Under division and the $1000, Brian Yamin Scholarship with a perfect, 5-0 score.  Wang knocked off three higher rated players, including the top seed rated over 400 points higher.

In the 3rd grade & Under division, Kindergartener Grant Mu won all six of his games and was crowned champion.  Grant’s performance rating was over 1100, nearly 300 points higher than his rating.

Ben Hathaway won on tie breaks over Jonathan Ji in the 12th & Under, Junior Varsity section after they played to a draw in the final round.  Top seeded Mate Mayer was a perfect 5-0, winning the 8th & Under, Junior Varsity section.  The 6th & Under, Junior Varsity section was won with a perfect, 6-0 score by Tyler Weinzapfel.

The tournament directors were Scott Reisinger, Joe Riegsecker, Darren Bedwell, Roger Norris, Terry Vibbert, and Tracey Vibbert.  The local site coordinator was Jerry Ritchie.