Chess - Coed
Our young team improved immensely over the 2015 season, with three team members upping their level of play rating. Junior Etienne Ruiz raised his rating by 125 points while facing very tough competition, playing on the top board and serving as team captain.
Sophomore Katie Olson had equally tough opponents on board 2 and raised her chess rating more than 50 points. Rounding out the big rating improvements for the Saints was Hannah Marshall who started playing chess only two years ago. She raised her rating well into varsity level where she competed all year. Ruiz, Olson and Marshall along with juniors Surrein Maniraju and Bradley Alpaugh all earned varsity letters for chess in 2015. Despite having no seniors on our chess team, we narrowly missed going to state.
The chess team played in many local tournaments, and they traveled to Tucson for the Catalina Foothills tournament.
In 2016, the NDP chess team looks to build a group of individuals who can compete against the toughest competition in the state. Being on the chess team is a fun and competitive way to earn a school letter. This team welcomes boys and girls and travels around the state of Arizona playing against challenging opponents. To join the chess team, you don’t need to know how to play. The coaches welcome and develop all new players who are interested in learning the strategic game of chess.