Final weekend, the Edward R. Murrow HS chess staff did it but once more, profitable its 21st metropolis championship by topping Jericho HS by a mere half-point on the finish of the two-day event.
That’s 21 metropolis trophies within the 37 years for the reason that staff was based. That’s a critical custom of excellence.
And this time Murrow was behind within the scoring till the very finish.
Greater than 1,500 college students from private and non-private excessive faculties competed. This yr’s Murrow college students got here in as underdogs, coach Eliot Weiss informed The Submit.
His gamers have solely earned rankings within the 1,600 to 1,800 vary, whereas different groups had master-level gamers, with scores from 2,100 to 2,300. However the Midwood, Brooklyn, squad has “numerous depth, numerous consistency” — and it paid off.
Naturally, the staff’s 20 members — “children of all kinds of nationalities, religions, ethnicities, genders” are “thrilled” and “wild,” the coach experiences.
The whizzes will compete in free tournaments within the runup to the March eight state event in Saratoga — which Murrow has gained twice within the final 4 years, plus two No. 2 finishes, together with final yr.
Says Weiss: “We’re hoping to repair that.”