DENKER PERFECT ATTENDANCE
Congratulations to five states that have a perfect attendance record at the GM Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions with thirty years of participation (1985-2014). Honors go to Florida, New Mexico, Illinois, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
UTD GOES TO RHODE ISLAND
Christopher Gu (RI) with clear first of 5.5/6 in the 30th Annual GM Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions took the University of Texas at Dallas, four year scholarship with a fine performance against a very strong field. The participants included four Senior Masters and 12 Masters. It was a big challenge to reach higher than 5/6.
Edward Song (MI) was the clear second place finisher with a score of 5/6. There was a three way tie for third through fifth place, each scoring 4.5/6 led by Nicky Korba (CA-S), Christopher Wu (NJ) and Joshua Colas (NY). Tournament results can be found at: http://www.alchess.com/chess/14/usopen/?page=&xsection=denker
NEW JERSEY EDGES FOUR OTHER STATES FOR THE
FIRST STATE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
This year for the first time a competition was organized among the states. The scores of each state’s Denker, Barber and NGIT representative were combined to identify the state team score. With a total of 13 points, New Jersey (Christopher Wu, John Burke, Kimberly Ding) won the inaugural competition. Tied for second through fifth place with 12.5 was New York (Joshua Colas, David Brodsky, Lilia Poteat), Southern California (Nicky Korba, Joshua Sheng, Annie Wang), Rhode Island (Christopher Gu, Ryan Sowa, Alana Mc Guinness) and Michigan (Edward Song, Michael Chen, Soumya Kulkarni).