ETHS Chess Team brings home national champion
April 11, 2013 10:00 AM
ETHS senior Sam K. Miller earned six wins and a draw to win his section at the Chess SuperNationals held April 5-7, 2013 in Nashville, TN. According to the U.S. Chess Federation, which sponsors the SuperNationals, the event broke the attendance record for largest rated chess competition in history with 5,335 participants.
Nearly 400 players competed in Miller’s section and he had a near perfect score while leading his Section's U1200 team to a ninth place trophy. Team members in this section were juniors Alex Novak and Taylor Sims and freshman Sam Carvajal.
In other sections, ETHS senior Maddie Reiches earned second place in her class as did junior Xander Nicolson. "Their team, in the top section, managed a 21st place trophy despite playing opponent much higher rated than they were," stated ETHS Chess Team coach Ken Lewandowski. Filling out this team were sophomores Eli Goering, Benedict Brady and Justin Liao, junior Jacob Reber and freshman Nathan Holzmueller.
ETHS "rookies" managed a 15th place team trophy in the Unrated Section of the SuperNationals, despite having only three players (a full team is four members). Freshman Ian Seegers lead this group with a 4-2-1 record. Helping him were senior Lukas Gladic and freshman Tom Davies.