In signature fashion, the CBA Chess Team has begun their regular season with an impressive early victory, capturing the 11th Grade New Jersey State Championship and seeing some impressive standout performances.

Twenty-four members of CBA’s illustrious squad put their skills to the test at this year’s State Grade Championship.

The 12th grade team took third place overall, with Tyler Gentile and Nick Karris placing eighth and tenth, respectively.

On top of their 11th grade team victory, CBA had three juniors place individually: Daniel Draganoff took second, Brendan Fitzgerald took fourth and Marc Sorrentino placed tenth.

CBA’s 9th grade team placed second overall, with freshmen Stephen Keyes and Dylan Cabrita placing ninth and tenth, respectively.

The day-long event, held earlier this month at Brookdale Community College, marks a pivotal early season performance for CBA’s 2016-17 team. Coached by Mr. Melosh, Mr. Meinders, and Mrs. Breen, the CBA Chess team returns after a heroic 2015-16 campaign, which culminated with the 2016 U1900 National High School Championship title.

About CBA Chess: 

The Chess Team & Club is one of the most successful student organizations in CBA history. The program is split into two parts, a competitive team and a recreational club, and typically has 25 or more members.
A majority of the competitions for the Chess Team come during the winter and early spring months. The team practices multiple times per week leading up to their competition season, with the veteran players being required to attend at least two practice a week and all tournament competitions.
2015-16 Chess Season Highlights:
  • First place at the National High School Championships, U1900 Team
  • Second at Nationals (12th grade), 4th at Nationals (10th grade).
  • First Place U1900 Team, New York City Championships
  • Second Place U1200 Team, New York City Championships
  • First Place Team, New Jersey Grade Championships
  • Top 12th grade player (Luke Drennan), New Jersey Grade Championships.

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