In what is an unprecedented even, IS-318 of Brooklyn, New York has won the National Jr. Chess Championship. This not their first national championship as they won the honor a couple of years back. However, they have made history by capturing both the National Jr. High and National High School titles in the same academic year.
Magnus Carlsen’s visit may have provided inspiration for James Black, Jr. who struggled a month earlier during the team’s championship run at the National H.S. tournament. He led the team with a strong 6/7.
Led this time by James Black, Jr., IS-318 topped the field with 20.5 points. The school had won the National H.S. Championship a month earlier… barely beating New York’s Hunter College. Team scores are calculated using the scores of the top four players of each school. Arizona’s Catalina Foothills came in second with 18.5 points while Newark Academy came in third with 16.5.
Black won the individual championship on tiebreaks, but was tied with Michael Brown (California’s Trabuco Hills H.S.) and Bryan Hu (Arizona Catalina Foothills H.S.) with 6/7. I.S. 318 also dominated in blitz taking four of the top five places. Sean Vibbert won followed by Black Jr. and Justus Williams.
With such a successful year and more than half a year left, what’s next… the Pan-Am Intercollegiate Championship??? Congratulations (again)!!