The Chess Team from Christian Brothers Academy won its first-ever national title at the National High School Chess Championships, held April 1-3 in Atlanta, GA.
CBA’s championship team of Daniel Draganoff, Chris Giordano, Chris Wall, Luke Drennan, and Daniel Giammanco won the U1900 section, combining to score 20 points in 7 rounds of play. Each player of the winning squad logged a total 28 hours of playing time over the course of the three-day championship.
Individually, Draganoff finished in a tie for second, winning 6 of his 7 matches. Giordano and Wall both finished in a tie for ninth place, each winning 5 of their 7 matches.
In addition to the national championship team, there were a number of other team and individual accomplishments. Marc Sorrentino, Tyler Gentile, Brendan Fitzgerald and John-Gabriel Bermudez came in 5th place in the U1600 section. The team was led by Sorrentino, who won 5 of 7 matches and tied for 16th place.
Nick Karris, Colin Clarke, Andrew Dalton, Michael Gilbride, and Kevin Cisneros came in 13th place for the U1200 section. CBA Chess placed 14th overall in the National Blitz Tournament. The team was led by Dan Giammanco with 8 points.
Freshman Luke Rogers placed 3rd in the country in the U800 Section, winning an impressive 6 of 7 matches.