WHS sophomore Andrew Tang is co-champion of 2016 National High School Chess Championship!
National High School Chess Championship was held in Atlanta from 4/1/2016 to 4/3/2016 with more than 1500 players competing. After seven rounds of intensive competition Andrew Tang won five games and drew two and tied for first. The six players of Wayzata High School Chess Team fought as hard as they could round after round with the majority of the games were against players several hundreds rating points higher. They won 9th place in team competition!
The WHS players are:
- Andrew Tang, sophomore, 6/7, co-champion
- Nathan Ritter, junior, 4/7
- Jacob Ritter, junior, 3.5/7
- Aniketh Naidu, freshman, 3/7, 3rd place for U1600
- Kevin Chen, freshman, 2.5/7, 2nd place for U1200
- Joshua Li, junior,1.5/7
The last round of this National High School Championship between International Master Andrew Tang and International Master Kesav Viswanadha of California (the only two International Masters in the tournament) on board 1 is probably the most dramatic ending in the history of this tournament thanks to UCSF's live Twitter feed (@USChess). Andrew had a slow start with two draws and was trailing the clear leader by one point before the last round. In a must-win game against this only other international Master in the tournament Andrew used significant amount of time to build an advantage, however the Twitter feed showed his clock time dropping from 20 minutes to 10 minutes to 4 minutes to 8 seconds to 5 seconds... With 3 seconds left on his clock it was official that Andrew won and became one of the co-champions! Nathan overcame a 400+rating differential and scored a critical win! Jacob and Aniketh both drew opponents more than 300 rating points higher! With 3 points for the team from the last round our team jumped to top ten!
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