Chess team wins 2nd place at State

Hadley Hoskins
Junior Editor

Sam Klein
Podcast Editor

Senior Tristan Archer, Junior Andrew Voelker, Junior Joe Harned and Freshman Ben Dunsford compete in Gateway Chess League State championship.

Webster Chess Team placed second at the State championship during spring break.

The tournament was at Battle High School in Columbia, Missouri on March 19. The tournament had 200 players, and five members from each team played four games. The best score from each game went to the next round, with Webster ultimately winning second place.

According to Coach Jim Voelker, the team did well all season. “We beat several strong teams, including John Burroughs and Clayton, and won the second place team trophy for the Central Conference, our best league result,” Voelker said.

He also said it was the team’s best season in the Gateway Chess League so far, with all starting players going home with trophies, as well as the team trophy.

Team member and junior Joe Harned said his favorite thing about the team is how inviting everyone is.

“Without the support of this team, I never would have pursued chess as a hobby,” Harned said.

Chess club meets every Wednesday after school, and is open to everyone. The team is based off of tryouts. Sophomore team member Tania Perez-Landerio said she likes playing chess because, “The chess team supports and trusts each other in tournaments, all the way through.”

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