Chess Team Wins State Championship!

The HTHS Chess Team participated in the NJ State Championship Tournament over the weekend.  The tournament included 3 rounds on Saturday and 2 rounds on Sunday.  The Varsity team consisted of Chris Wu, Kevin Yan, Philip Meltzer, Kevin Lu and Jason Yan.  On Saturday, the team easily defeated CBA #2 in round 1 and Sparta HS in round 2. In round 3, they had to face perennial chess powerhouse - Bergan County Academy (BCA) #1.  BCA #1 was the number 1 seed in the tournament.  The match went down to the wire but number 2 seeded High Tech managed to pull off the upset and win the match by a score of 3-2.  On Sunday, High Tech shut out BCA #2 in round 4.  In round 5, the team was pitted against arch-rival CBA, which High Tech defeated 5-0. By virtue of that victory, High Tech had won state championship.

The following players earned individual awards:

Chris Wu – Board 1 State Champion!

Kevin Yan - Board 2 State Champion!

Philip Meltzer - Board 3 State Champion!

Jason Yan - Board 5 State Champion!

Samantha Cheng - Board 5 2nd Place

Aryan Shah – 6th Place Booster section

HTHS had a total of 14 players in the tournament.  Congratulations to all for an outstanding performance!!