Liberty Bell Rang Proudly for ICA Students
Philadelphia was taken over by ICA students as they dominated the Liberty Bell Open over MLK weekend. Standout performances were led by 9-year-old Alexander Wang who tied for 1st in the U2100 section with an inspiring 5.5/7. Starting with a draw in round 1, Alexander found his groove and was thrilled with his wins and especially seeing his rating go up. While it’s not Alexander’s first winning purse, he has plans for the money and he’s looking forward to playing more regional and scholastic tournaments in the near future.
Bobby Qian, age 8, showed nerves of steel and maturity in the U1900 section with another solid 5.5/7, giving him the tie for 2nd. He went undefeated with 4 wins and 3 draws against a strong field. In between rounds he met up with his chess friends to play poker and have pillow fights! As for his prize money, he’s excited to fill up his Ninja Turtle Piggy bank with the winnings. You can find Bobby most Saturdays at the ICA Quads and he’s already looking forward to competing at the Dr. David Ostfeld Memorial ICA Open Championship next week.
Jane Stripunsky, 12, traveled with her father, ICA coach GM Alexander Stripunsky, to Philadelphia and partnered with fellow ICA student and good friend Felix Dyadyuk in the Mixed Doubles Team where they tied for 3rd place. Jane and Felix each went 4.5/7 to secure their standing and ultimately, their prize money. When not rooting for each other and fellow ICA students, they found time to go bowling between rounds. The camaraderie and support helped make the tournament the success it was for them.
We are proud of all the ICA students who traveled and competed at such an incredible level and encourage our students to always push themselves and strive to be the best competitor they can be.