The Garfield Chess Team traveled to Columbus, Ohio last weekend to compete against the best chess teams in the country in the 2018 National High School Chess Championship. The team started off strongly and was tied the lead after the first round, and in the end, finished in 12th place overall.
The field was one of the strongest ever for this event and included over thirty masters and the leading chess schools from New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit and many other major cities.
Garfield was led by last year’s national high school champion, Jr. Roland F., who was the top ranked player in this year’s field. His teammates included Sr. Bashir A.-F., Sr. Carl D., Fr. Andreas F., Sr. Zuberi W., and Jr. Paulos R. Special mention goes out to Roland and Bashir, who earned recognition for their outstanding performances in the three-day competition.
The Chess Team won the Seattle Metro League Championship in February, defeating perennial powerhouse Lakeside in the finals, and fought their way to the top in the Washington State Championship in March, thus setting the stage for their entry into the National Championship.
Go Chess Team! Go Bulldogs!