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!!