SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Chess Team had a successful trip to Montgomery County Pennsylvania for the Greater Philadelphia Scholastic Chess Championships. Sparta students competed at all levels from kindergarten through high school coming home with the Most Valuable Team Award to compliment other prizes and scholarships.

The Sparta High School team won first place.  Undefeated in the competition, Cameron Flores won an individual first place with a $750 scholarship to a summer program at Drexel University.  

Also at competing at the high school level, Christopher Hakkenberg had three wins and a tie.   Karthik Selvaraj and Jonathan Lee each contributed to the high school team’s effort with three wins.

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Playing in the grade five through eight event Akshat Lyer and Timothy Lee each won four of five games.  Iyer took second place.  Helen Morgan student JC Langeraap had three wins and a tie. There were also three wins each for Ayush Iyer, Brian Smith and Griffin Brawer.

Playing in the kindergarten through grade four level, Rowan Mendel had four wins.

Earlier, the Sparta Chess Team had played in the Pocono Scholastic.  “Alex Schimpf and Christopher Hakkenberg reached new highs for their national rankings,” Coach Thomas Murray said.   

Schimpf also received an individual award.  Flores came away with three wins and a draw. Brawer and Langeraap went four for five in their events. 

Next the team will travel to Brookdale Country Club in Florham Park for the New Jersey Grade Level Championships.