May 26, 2010 Press release - Chess Team does well in tourneys

Chess Team does well in tourneys

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SPARTA — The Sparta Chess Team has had a strong showing in all three recent national scholastic chess championships.

High school

The Sparta High School varsity team competed with over 300 teams from across the country in the National High School Championship at Columbus Ohio, and placed seventh in the U1200 division.

The team was led by Rob T. with six wins, and Eryk B. with five wins and a draw out of seven games. Natasha S. had four wins with Kyle B., Matt F. and Alex D. also participating. Rob placed ninth and Eryk 13th individually.

Two other players, Chris A. and Austin K. had two wins each in the more difficult U1600 division. Natasha S. led the team to a 16th place finish in the Blitz event. Eryk and coach Tom Murray tied for first place in the Player-Coach tournament.

Middle school

Sparta’s Middle School team traveled to Minneapolis, as the only team from New Jersey, in the National K-9 Championship. The team placed fifth in the U1250 division behind five wins and a draw from A J T.

A.J. finished ninth individually. Austin K. had four wins and a draw, and Adam B. had four wins. Kyra S. was also a member of the team. The U1000 team placed 18th thanks to a five win performance from Ian C., and four wins from Colin C. Ian tied for 20th place individually. Travis K. and Thomas W. were also on the team.

Elementary school

Atlanta was the venue for over 2,000 students from 40 states participating in the National Elementary Championship where the Sparta K-5 team placed 18th in the U900 event.

Christopher H. and Evan J. won four games each. Keith J. and Lizzie W. also had four wins and were assisted by efforts from Emily B., Kayla M., Anthony E., and Morgan K.

The team also debuted it first effort in the K-1 championship. Reilly K. and Christopher J. had three wins each as the team placed 33rd. Sam E. and Brittany B. were the other team members.


The K-3 team placed seventh in the Blitz event, marking the second consecutive year that the K-3 team has placed in the top seven in that competition.