Students in all three divisions at St. Andrew’s are enjoying the challenge and thrill of chess, whether it’s a casual game in the Dreyfuss Library, a friendly match during Lower School after-school programs, or at a national competition.
Eighth-grader Andrew ’27 competed in the U800 section of the National High School Chess Championship in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. Andrew played seven games over the course of three days and won all seven matches. Of the 407 competitors in his category, Andrew was the only one to reach 7 points, securing him a first-place finish in his section.
Twelfth-grader Tinoda Matsatsa ’23 also competed in the Championship, winning four of his seven matches. Their combined score earned them the highest rank nationally of all two-player schools competing at the U800 level.
Andrew’s final match was highlighted on the U.S. Chess Federation website. “Andrew scorched the field with a perfect 7/7! His last-round victory was one of the most entertaining of the entire tournament. After achieving a winning position, his opponent found a couple clever ways to generate enough activity to claw back into the game. The resulting endgame required enough finesse to flummox players in the top sections, and surely [Andrew] let out a sigh of relief when the game ended.”