Chess Captures Grade 12 National Title

Seniors on the Christian Brothers Academy chess team captured the 2017 Grade 12 National Championship this past weekend in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

CBA seniors rallied to defeat Stuyvesant from New York City to win the title.

The team was led by Daniel Draganoff, who finished fourth overall individually. The CBA senior contingent was rounded out by John-Gabriel Bermudez, Michael Gilbride, Matt Notaro, Brendan Fitzgerald, Kenny Skelton, and Marc Sorrentino.

Kevin Cisneros, Stephen Keyes and Eddie Denton took home trophies in the other grade divisions.

This is the second national title in three years for CBA. They also won the U1900 championship in 2015.

Draganoff was a key piece during the 2015 win as well. He recently obtained an expert ranking by the United States Chess Federation.

Just a few weeks ago, CBA won the Grade 12 New Jersey Championship, which was also their second win in three years.


About Christian Brothers Academy:

Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) is a private, Catholic, academic preparatory school for boys located in Lincroft, New Jersey. Founded in 1959 and taught in the Lasallian tradition, CBA is dedicated to helping students become intellectually mature and morally responsible leaders for society. Through the combined efforts of the Office of Advancement and friends of the Academy, CBA awards over $1.5 million in scholarships and financial aid to current students. Experience the Academy at