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State Chess Championship 2016-2017

Congratulations to our 2016-2017 J.B. McNabb Chess Team for getting 4th place as a team in the State Championship.  

As players and as young adults each of these students have grown and continued to make significant gains in the game. Every single one of our players battled hard through sixteen of the states best and brightest at the game.  Each and every student has practiced hard and pushed themselves to go further on the team.  I know this accomplishment is no small feat!   The teams overall record for the day was 2-1-1 or two wins, one loss, and one draw.  If you look just at the average ratings that our team had to overcome the difference is staggering.  This is the first year that J.B. Mcnabb Middle School has had a chess team.  Every chess player is tracked by a United States Chess Federation Ranking.  Every Team at states is given a team average which is the average rating of players on your team.  Our team with the few tournaments they had under their belt only had a Team Rating of a bit below 400.  This put as as the lowest ranked team going into the event, and as we battled through teams that had ratings above 1,000.  Judges and coaches were both very surprised at our results.  The best comparison I can give is if a unknown team came into the sweet sixteen and beat Louisville, Kansas, and Duke only to fall to Kentucky at the end.   


Record at State Championship 2016/2016 

Trevor Ray 2nd Chair Place   Perfect Individual Score! 4 Wins 0 Loss

Jonathan Kolisz 1st Chair Individual 2 Wins 2 Loss

Bryce Charles 3rd Chair Individual 2 Wins 2 Loss

Joe South 4th Chair Individual 1 Wins 3 Loss

These students compiled our four chairs which allowed J.B. McNabb to get forth with its combined record.  The rest of our team was put into an alternate bracket in order to be substituted out at any time or win the alternate event.  Alternates are vital to the state competition in that they can be substituted in if something happens where a player needs to leave.  These alternates also get to play in a challenge style tournament where they are rewarded for their individual record in the alternate bracket.  Our very own Jacob Webb made it to 8th place individual only dropping a single game to the student that was rated first place individual at the end.

Jacob Webb 8th Place Individual Score 3 Wins 1 Loss

Joey Jordan Individual Score 1 Wins 3 Loss

Quinn Weil Place Individual Score 2 Wins 2 Loss

Toby Traylor 18th Place Individual 1 Wins 3 Loss

I want everyone to understand that the difference of a single game has a huge impact on the team as a whole.  Chess only totals the top 4 scores on your team at each event.  However we are allowed a limited number of alternates that replace a lower score with a higher score.  A single win seperated 30th from 24th, a single win seperated 19th from 10th, a single win seperated 9th from 5th, and a single win seperated 4th from 1st.  As we move toward states our path will be decided by many of these single wins.  Once again congratulations to all of my players please keep up the hard work!

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