Knights in the Bay Area

Two chess players engrossed in a match. Credit: Mark Shelton

First National Chess Championship in the Bay Area in Over Five Years

Chess: one of the world’s favorite and oldest board games; it is played in coffee shops, convention centers, and even at Irvington. Recently, for the first time in five years, the United States Chess Federation hosted a four-game National Chess Championship in the Bay Area.

Organizer Salman Azhar managed to attract more than five hundred chess fanatics from across the country to play at the national event on October 1st in Santa Clara. At the end of the tournament, reputed international master Vladimir Mezentsev took home the first place trophy and $700, along with the title of national master.  Azhar is organizing the National Youth Chess Championship on October 29th and October 30th.

Irvington High School’s own Chess Club had member and vice-president Kevin Hui play in the event, winning three out of his four games and $40. Irvington’s Chess Club plans to represent the school in the upcoming National Youth Chess Championship along with other nationally reputed chess events and tournaments. If you are interested in joining the chess club and playing in tournaments, come to Chess Club in Room 54 at lunch any Wednesday.