Truman wins K-9 National Championship, 2015

Truman Hoang is the 9th Grade National Champion at the U.S. Grade National Championships that took place from December 4-6, 2015 at Disney's Coronado Resort in Orlando . Truman finished with 6 out of 7 points (5 wins, 2 draws), and won the 1st place trophy on tie-breakers (3-way tie). The 2 co-champions were Albert Lu from California and Runya Xu from Pennsylvania. This is Truman's 2nd consecutive 1st-place finish at a National Scholastic Championship, as he also finished first at the National Junior High School Championship (K-8) in April of 2015. Two other Floridians had Top-10 finishes. Abhimanyu Banerjee was tied for 4th place, and Theodore Slade was tied for 7th place.

Truman's latest triumph came with quite a few nail-biting moments. In Round 3, he was down to 1 second on his clock while his opponent, Camden Wiseman, had 17 minutes left. Truman kept his composure, and continued making the correct moves within the 5-second delay. Meanwhile, perhaps trying to win on time, Camden rushed his moves, causing him to blunder away a rook, and he lost soon after. Entering both Round 5 and 6, Truman was tied for 1st place, and played at Board 1. In both games, Truman managed to draw. Entering the 7th and final round, Truman was in 2nd place with 5.0 points, a half point behind Vishal Kobla. Vishal had a tough match-up as he had to face the top-seed, Albert Lu, who was rated 2323. Albert had suffered an early upset loss in the 2nd round. However, by winning all of his other games, Albert had worked his way back to 2nd place and could now grab a share of 1st by winning. Vishal only needed a draw to guarantee a share of 1st, and a win to secure clear 1st. Albert proved that his 2300+ rating was no fluke, as he quickly gained a pawn advantage, and then converted that to an easy endgame. Vishal's and Albert's game ended about 10 minutes before Truman's, so we had to wait nervously for Truman's game to finish.

Truman's final round was against Hiren Premkumar, whom Truman had faced, also in the last round, at this same tournament last year. Truman had won that game last year, allowing him to finish in 2nd place. After a very complicated opening and middlegame, Truman was able to win the queen for 2 minor pieces. However, in the process, he had used up much of his time. Truman entered the endgame up in material, but severely low on time. Again, Truman was able to keep his cool, and made the last 20-30 moves with just 3 seconds left on his clock. With the victory, Truman knew he had at least tied for 1st. About half an hour later, the tie-break results were finally calculated and announced, and Truman could truly celebrate as he has finally earned a 1st place trophy.

Truman's recent accomplishments:
  •   2015 9th grade National Champion
  •   2015 National Junior HS Champion (K-8)
  •   Florida State K-8 Champion, 2015
  •   Florida State K-8 Champion, 2014
  •   10th place finish at 2015 U.S Open (3rd best finish all time by a junior)


Truman Hoang with the 9th Grade National Championship Trophy

Final 9th Grade Individual Standings

No. Name                          Gr Team   St Rate Pts TBrk1 TBrk2 Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Rnd4 Rnd5 Rnd6 Rnd7 
  1 Hoang, Truman                  9 FLT007 FL 2176 6.0  30.5  24.5 W 48 W 31 W 16 W 13 D  4 D  2 W7 
  2 Xu, Runya                      9 PAB001 PA 2205 6.0  29.5  23.5 W 53 W 28 W 29 D  7 W  5 D  1 W14 
  3 Lu, Albert                     9 CAP011 CA 2324 6.0  27.5  22.0 W 44 L  9 W 53 W 33 W 21 W 13 W4 
  4 Kobla, Vishal                  9 VAROCK VA 2131 5.5  31.5  25.5 W 58 W 27 W 12 W 10 D  1 W  6 L3 
  5 Banerjee, Abhimany             9 FLEHS  FL 2038 5.5  29.0  23.0 W 70 W 43 W  9 W 18 L  2 W 12 D8 
  6 Kalghatgi, Akhil               9 ILC004 IL 2018 5.5  27.0  21.5 W 52 W 54 D 19 W  8 W 26 L  4 W18 
  7 Premkumar, Hiren               9 TXCCHS TX 2058 5.0  29.5  23.5 W 46 W 41 W 17 D  2 D 11 W 29 L1 
  8 Zhong, Howard                  9 OKN008 OK 2197 5.0  29.0  23.5 W 34 D 26 W 25 L  6 W 19 W  9 D5 
  9 Sikarov, Alan                  9 MAN010 MA 1897 5.0  28.5  22.5 W 68 W  3 L  5 W 44 W 22 L  8 W29 
 10 Qi, Richard                    9 AZCHAP AZ 1928 5.0  28.0  22.5 W 37 W 66 W 14 L  4 D 20 D 15 W26 
 11 Mohan, Dave                    9 AZBROP AZ 1962 5.0  27.5  22.5 W 55 W 32 D 15 W 19 D  7 D 18 D20 
 12 Barash, Anton                  9 MAB009 MA 1957 5.0  27.0  21.5 W 63 W 36 L  4 W 38 W 27 L  5 W35 
 13 Kalghatgi, Nikhil              9 ILC004 IL 1976 5.0  27.0  21.0 W 69 W 45 W 30 L  1 W 31 L  3 W28 
 14 Slade, Theodore                9 FLOOCV FL 2061 5.0  27.0  21.0 W 78 W 23 L 10 W 54 W 28 W 16 L2 
 15 Stevens, Matthew James         9 ILC004 IL 2116 5.0  25.5  20.5 W 51 W 35 D 11 L 26 W 42 D 10 W31 
 16 Wiseman, Camden Alton          9 VATJHS VA 1971 5.0  25.0  19.0 W 64 W 57 L  1 W 41 W 30 L 14 W27 
 17 Lee, Reddy Young-Jai Sohn      9 NYDALT NY 1913 5.0  22.5  17.5 W 60 W 75 L  7 W 47 L 18 W 57 W30 
 18 Maruvada, Shaunak              9 CAS056 CA 2073 4.5  29.5  24.0 W 40 W 33 W 21 L  5 W 17 D 11 L6 
 19 Tisserand, Miles               9 LALUSH LA 1772 4.5  27.5  22.0 W 79 W 24 D  6 L 11 L  8 W 34 W50 
 20 Miyasaka, Matthew Shoji        9 NYCOLL NY 2160 4.5  25.0  20.0 W 62 L 30 W 34 W 43 D 10 D 26 D11 
 21 Jie, Tianhui  (cindy)          9 FLG005 FL 1951 4.5  25.0  19.0 W 50 W 47 L 18 W 32 L  3 D 41 W43 
 22 Rajendran, Rishi               9 NJPMAT NJ 2030 4.5  24.0  19.0 W 61 D 25 D 49 W 23 L  9 D 43 W41 
 23 Grattan-Smith, Robbie          9 GAA011 GA 1753 4.5  23.0  18.0  -X- L 14 W 69 L 22 W 53 D 24 W42 
 24 Hoyos, Carlos D                9 FLMEHS FL 2080 4.5  22.5  18.0 W 56 L 19 W 58 L 27 W 72 D 23 W39 
 25 Barbaro, Thomas                9 PABHGP PA 1622 4.5  22.0  17.0 W 83 D 22 L  8 L 42 W 67 W 52 W49 
 26 Jayaraman, Roshan              9 FLDSTR FL 1869 4.0  27.5  22.0 W 71 D  8 W 72 W 15 L  6 D 20 L10 
 27 Witwer, Sam                    9 INCANT IN 1827 4.0  27.5  22.0 W 81 L  4 W 46 W 24 L 12 W 36 L16 
 28 Liu, Jackie                    9 FLEHS  FL 1908 4.0  27.5  21.5 W 59 L  2 W 40 W 36 L 14 W 45 L13 
 29 Lee, Gabriel Emilio, Jr        9 FLMTER FL 1963 4.0  27.5  21.5 W 77 W 38 L  2 W 45 W 35 L  7 L9 
 30 Wu, Andy Y                     9 FLG005 FL 1859 4.0  27.0  22.0  -X- W 20 L 13 W 49 L 16 W 38 L17 
 31 Keuchel, Brennen               9 OHG006 OH 1891 4.0  25.0  19.0 W 84 L  1 W 62 W 77 L 13 W 32 L15 
 32 Huerta, Jonathan Christian     9 TXHANN TX 1568 4.0  24.0  19.0 W 87 L 11 W 37 L 21 W 46 L 31 W55 
 33 Sharad, Soham                  9 NJPHUN NJ 1789 4.0  23.5  17.5 W 74 L 18 W 70 L  3 W 48 L 39 W56 
 34 Russoniello, Matteo            9 FLDDSA FL 1359 4.0  23.0  18.0 L  8 W 71 L 20 W 59 W 54 L 19 W57 
 35 Challenger, Daniel             9 NYDALT NY 1831 4.0  23.0  18.0 W 73 L 15 W 56 W 67 L 29 W 47 L12 
 36 Reategui, Christopher          9 FLD007 FL 1503 4.0  23.0  18.0 W 80 L 12 W 59 L 28 W 37 L 27 W63 
 37 Dunshee De Abranches, Nicolas  9 FLGULL FL  987 4.0  22.0  17.0 L 10 W 48 L 32 W 78 L 36 W 70 W53 
 38 Chan Shue, Kyle Ruben          9 NYDALT NY 1521 4.0  21.5  16.5 W 67 L 29 W 55 L 12 W 61 L 30 W58 
 39 Sands, Samson Mitchell         9 KYKCDS AL 1443 4.0  20.0  15.5 L 66 L 59 W 86 W 55 W 60 W 33 L24 
 40 Hayward, Benjamin              9 TXF012 TX 1267 4.0  19.5  15.0 L 18 W 68 L 28 W 73 L 57 W 71 W54 
 41 Lojano, Sebastian              9 FLDDSA FL 1712 3.5  20.5  20.5 W 42 L  7 W 61 L 16 W 56 D 21 L22 
 42 Heyman, Blake Matthew          9 MNM036 MN  687 3.5  19.0  19.0 L 41 D 51 W 88 W 25 L 15 W 44 L23 
 43 Kelly, Skyler Patrick          9 GAS022 GA 1743 3.5  18.5  18.5 W 89 L  5 W 75 L 20 W 58 D 22 L21 
 44 Khan, Shayan Ahmad             9 LAM004 LA 1438 3.5  17.5  17.5 L  3 W 60 W 66 L  9 D 49 L 42 W74 
 45 Ordet, Kevin                   9 FLM032 FL 1585 3.5  17.5  17.5 W 82 L 13 W 50 L 29 W 70 L 28 D48 
 46 Aribidesi, Abudurazaq          9 NYNSLA NY 1227 3.5  17.0  17.0 L  7 W 73 L 27 W 68 L 32 W 60 D47 
 47 Roman, Ricky                   9 ILC004 IL 1518 3.5  16.5  16.5 W 76 L 21 W 79 L 17 W 77 L 35 D46 
 48 Weinstein, William             9 NYDALT NY 1326 3.5  16.0  16.0 L  1 L 37 W 81 W 75 L 33 W 69 D45 
 49 Brodsky, Jake                  9 FLW015 FL  530 3.5  16.0  16.0  -H- W 88 D 22 L 30 D 44 W 51 L25 
 50 Sarna, Daniel Joseph           9 TXT017 TX 1143 3.5  15.5  15.5 L 21 W 65 L 45 D 66 W 85 W 72 L19 
 51 Levison, Joshua                9 FLLLSH FL 1294 3.5  13.5  13.5 L 15 D 42 W 85 L 72 W 86 L 49 W66 
 52 Bermudez, Valentina            9 FLDDSA FL 1129 3.5  13.0  13.0 L  6 D 85 L 67 W 80 W 66 L 25 W72 
 53 Wang, Emma K                   9 ILH006 IL 1404 3.0  22.5  20.0 L  2 W 63 L  3 W 71 L 23 W 61 L37 
 54 Sollecito, Tristan             9 NYDALT NY 1661 3.0  20.5  18.5 W 65 L  6 W 64 L 14 L 34 W 77 L40 
 55 Starke, Sam                    9 FLGULL FL 1111 3.0  19.5  17.5 L 11 W 76 L 38 L 39 W 79 W 62 L32 
 56 Gordon, Nielsen Freeland       9 CTRRIT CT 1281 3.0  19.5  17.5 L 24 W 81 L 35 W 63 L 41 W 59 L33 
 57 Nuryasin, Annamaria            9 FLM036 FL 1596 3.0  19.0  17.5 W 85 L 16 L 77 W 69 W 40 L 17 L34 
 58 Fruitman, Rhett                9 COCHER CO 1302 3.0  19.0  17.0 L  4 W 84 L 24 W 64 L 43 W 75 L38 
 59 Richardson, Pierce             9 TXA008 TX 1098 3.0  18.5  17.0 L 28 W 39 L 36 L 34 W 83 L 56 W78 
 60 St Germain II, Shaun           9 FLLGFH FL  981 3.0  16.5  16.0 L 17 L 44 W 87 W 62 L 39 L 46 W77 
 61 Alston, Shane                  9 NYNSLA NY 1182 3.0  16.5  15.0 L 22 W 74 L 41 W 83 L 38 L 53 W81 
 62 Singh, Sharanya                9 FLBART FL 1336 3.0  16.5  14.5 L 20 W 82 L 31 L 60 W 68 L 55 W67 
 63 Mikuen, Megan                  9 FLHTRI FL 1062 3.0  15.5  14.0 L 12 L 53 W 82 L 56 W 80 W 78 L36 
 64 Alton, Joshua                  9 FLHORU FL 1114 3.0  13.0  12.5 L 16 W 87 L 54 L 58 D 74 D 67 W79 
 65 Rodriguez, Erick               9 FLMISE FL  620 3.0  11.5  11.5 L 54 L 50 L 68 L 74  -B- W 84 W85 
 66 Gao, Benjamin                  9 FLG005 FL      2.5  19.5  18.0 W 39 L 10 L 44 D 50 L 52 W 85 L51 
 67 Bliss, Ted                     9 FLMMMA FL  467 2.5  17.5  17.5 L 38  -B- W 52 L 35 L 25 D 64 L62 
 68 De Grazia, Carmelo             9 FLDDSA FL  929 2.5  17.5  15.5 L  9 L 40 W 65 L 46 L 62 W 82 D69 
 69 Woods, Jalen                   9 FLV008 FL 1128 2.5  17.0  15.5 L 13 W 80 L 23 L 57 W 73 L 48 D68 
 70 Castillo, Jose A, Jr           9 TXHANN TX 1240 2.5  16.5  16.0 L  5 W 89 L 33 W 79 L 45 L 37 D71 
 71 Phillips, Reanna               9 NYNSLA NY 1085 2.5  16.5  16.0 L 26 L 34 W 89 L 53 W 76 L 40 D70 
 72 Song, Eric                     9 FLG005 FL      2.5  16.0  16.0  -H- W 86 L 26 W 51 L 24 L 50 L52 
 73 Marquina, Estefan Xavier       9 FLMMMA FL  878 2.5  16.0  14.5 L 35 L 46 W 76 L 40 L 69 W 83 D75 
 74 Muniz-Aleman, James            9 FLGULL FL  833 2.5  15.5  14.0 L 33 L 61 L 78 W 65 D 64 W 86 L44 
 75 Gonzalez, Jorge M              9 FLGULL FL 1126 2.5  13.0  13.0  -B- L 17 L 43 L 48 W 87 L 58 D73 
 76 Cao, Bryan Hao                 9 FLG005 FL      2.5  12.5  11.5 L 47 L 55 L 73 W 82 L 71 D 88 W86 
 77 Woodman, Nicholas              9 COCHER LA 1179 2.0  18.0  16.5 L 29 W 83 W 57 L 31 L 47 L 54 L60 
 78 Solis, Crystal Marie           9 TXHANN TX 1243 2.0  16.5  14.5 L 14 L 79 W 74 L 37 W 81 L 63 L59 
 79 Cooper, Logan A                9 FLUNIV FL  833 2.0  15.5  14.0 L 19 W 78 L 47 L 70 L 55 W 80 L64 
 80 Schantz, Matthew               9 NYYPIO NY  451 2.0  13.0  13.0 L 36 L 69 W 84 L 52 L 63 L 79 -B- 
 81 Sayu, Daniel J                 9 FLH006 FL  875 2.0  12.5  12.0 L 27 L 56 L 48 W 89 L 78 W 87 L61 
 82 Lumpkins, Caleb                9 NYYPIO NY  672 2.0  12.0  11.5 L 45 L 62 L 63 L 76 W 89 L 68 W87 
 83 Gebara, Noah                   9 FLMISE FL  598 2.0  11.5  11.5 L 25 L 77  -B- L 61 L 59 L 73 W88 
 84 Martinez, Daniel               9 FLDDSA FL  912 2.0  10.0   9.5 L 31 L 58 L 80 L 86 W 88 L 65 W89 
 85 Kehl, Ella                     9 NYYPIO NY  675 1.5  16.0  15.0 L 57 D 52 L 51 W 88 L 50 L 66 L65 
 86 Castro, Matthew                9 FLW015 FL  552 1.5  13.0  13.0  -H- L 72 L 39 W 84 L 51 L 74 L76 
 87 Bermudez, Valeria              9 FLDDSA FL  581 1.0  12.0  12.0 L 32 L 64 L 60  -B- L 75 L 81 L82 
 88 Miller, Andrew R               9 FLW015 FL      1.0  11.0  11.0  -H- L 49 L 42 L 85 L 84 D 76 L83 
 89 Oliveira, Vinicius             9 FLMMMA FL  651 1.0  11.0  11.0 L 43 L 70 L 71 L 81 L 82  -B- L84 
 

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