Perkins wins national K-6 Blitz chess award

Contributed photo Emmet Belknap Intermediate student Tristan Perkins, shown here with his mom, Keri, shows off the first place award he earned while competing in the 900-999 section of the National Elementary Blitz Championship on May 10 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lockport native Tristan Perkins, age 12, was awarded first place in the 900-999 section of the National Elementary Blitz Championship held on May 10 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Blitz was part of the 2018 National Elementary (K-6) Championship held May 10 to May 13 under the aegis of the United States Chess Federation (USCF), the governing body of all chess programs in the country.

Scholastic championships are held annually at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. The National Elementary K-6 Chess Championship attracted 2,236 players and 642 teams from 46 states. The greatest number of teams, 86, came from New York state.

Participants in the Blitz played five rounds. One “round” of Blitz chess consisted of two games, one played with the white pieces, the other played with the black pieces. Each player was required to make all of his or her moves in the five minutes allotted on the clock.

Perkins is a member of the Golden Knights Chess Club, which meets on Monday evenings at Lockport Family YMCA under the direction of Michael A. McDuffie, a USCF-certified coach. The son of Keri Perkins and Bradford Keddy, Tristan is a sixth grader at Emmet Belknap Intermediate School and also plays on the Lockport Little Loop football team. He recently was recognized by Mayor Anne McCaffrey and the Common Council for being a co-champion of the 2018 Erie County Scholastic (K-6) Chess Championships, which were held in February.