CALDWELL, N.J. – November 20, 2014 – Team chess players from Grover Cleveland Middle School, Caldwell, took home eleven trophies on Wednesday, October 29, when they competed against thirty-four teams of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in Essex County's Team Chess Tournament. The competition included students from Essex County gifted programs in Caldwell-West Caldwell, North Caldwell, Livingston, and Bloomfield.

The Caldwell-West Caldwell placed first in both the Advanced and Novice level competitions, and took home eleven trophies, including, at the Advanced level, first place for eighth graders Liam Corliss and Natasha LaChac, third place for eighth graders Matthew West and Spence Solomon, and sixth place for seventh graders Ethan Schlegel and Connor Padover.  At the Novice level, eighth graders Jessica Rizzo and Charlee Alberta placed first, seventh grader Nicholas Ricci placed second and seventh graders Anthony Scrittorale and Matthew Britton placed third.

The event, sponsored by the Essex County Steering Committee for Gifted Education, was held at Harrison School Essex Fells Elementary School.