Karamsetty scores 12-0 in chess simultaneous exhibition
U.S. Master Jeevan Karamsetty, an 11th-grader at Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology and the top-rated K-12 chess player in the state of Virginia, won all 12 of his games in a simultaneous exhibition held Saturday, May 31 at Wakefield High School.
His opponents included six of the top 10 players on the countywide Arlington scholastic chess team, namely, Sam Schenk, Munir Ben Jemaa, Daniel Bailey, Philip Suskin, Oliver Stuart, and Nathan Snyder.
Karamsetty also defeated his TJ high school coach, Dr. Peter Gabor, a math and computer science teacher and multiple winner of the Virginia chess coach of the year award.
All six Arlington team members, Gabor, and 4th-grader Geoffrey Davis and 2nd-grader Roland Foster (these latter two playing beyond their years) opened well and appeared equal going into the middle game. In most of the middle games, however, Karamsetty picked up a pawn, usually in the middle, or set up irrefutable combination batteries aimed at the kingside.
Then he was in no hurry. Eschewing adventures he went into his boa constrictor mode, coolly and systematically expanding advantage.
Karamsetty, a resident of Ashburn, scored 20-0 in his first Arlington simul last May. He has promised to return to Arlington next May for at least one more simul before he graduates from high school.
List of simul participants:
Daniel Bailey 6th, Saint Agnes School
Munir Ben Jemaa 7th, H-B Woodlawn
Geoffrey Davis 4th, Louise Archer ES
Roland Foster 2nd, Key ES
Peter Gabor TJHSST faculty
Lock Grigsby 1st, Georgetown Day School
Baumdad Moussavi 4th, Drew ES
Sam Schenk 6th, Williamsburg Middle
Dylan Schenker 1st, Georgetown Day School
Nathan Snyder 7th, Williamsburg Middle
Oliver Stuart 5th, Key ES
Philip Suskin 7th, Swanson Middle