Like clockwork, the virtual Chess in the Schools (CIS) summer camp materialized in front of my eyes at precisely 8:50am every morning. Hearing Shaun’s clarion voice welcoming the students as they poured into the zoom…
Chess in the Schools at The 52nd Annual Greater NY Scholastic Championships
Chess in the Schools (CIS) brought 44 high-school students from the CIS College Bound (CB) program to the 2018 NYC Scholastic Championships in Brooklyn, NY over the weekend of January 6th-7th, 2018.
This event was the first event of the CB travel schedule for regional and nationals events. Our 44 CB students qualified to participate by playing in at least six local NYC events since September and completing volunteer hours with Chess in the Schools.
Our College Bound students were overjoyed at the opportunity to play in the prestigious event! The opportunity to be a “City Champ” was exciting for all of our students and since we used the event as a qualifier for the State Championships in March, students worked hard to prepare for the City Championships.
Chess in the Schools was proud of all the students that competed! 28 total students got a “plus score” and will move on to the State Championships, and a group of students won individual trophies in the HS Under 1200 (Kevin Feng-BTECH, 5th; Elvis Vasquez-Manhattan Hunter, 6th), HS Under 1900 (Sakura Laporte -ESCHS, 7th), HS Championship (Steven Xue, Murrow, 10th).
Two of our students paired up to win 4th place in the Mixed Doubles Competition (Elvis Vasquez + Marilyn Lucero).
The biggest accomplishment for our students, was winning the HS Team Championship as part of the Murrow HS Chess Team! The top players from our program led the team to a tough and well earned first place finish!
Chess in the Schools would like to thank the organizers for a super well-run event and for making it possible for so many of our students to compete! We will be back next year with even more students from both our CB program and from many more of our school based programs in EL and JH.