TECH TIES FOR FOURTH IN THE US HS CHAMPIONSHIPOn April 26-29, 2001 Tech attended the National High School Championships in Kansas City, Missouri. Tech tied for fourth place with 19 points. The team consisted of Owen, David, Emmanuel, Brian and Danny. Owen and David finished with 5 out of 7. Emmanuel, Brian and Danny finished with 4.5 our of 7.
TECH'S VARSITY TIES FOR SECOND IN THE STATE OF NY CHAMPIONSHIPOn February 24 - 25, 2001 Tech attended the NYS Scholastic Championships in Saratoga Springs, NY. Tech tied for second place with 13 points. The team consisted of Owen Dublin, Brian Wilmeth, Danny Sirota, Emmanuel Rivera, Andrew Singh, Karreim Muhammed, and Naeem Muhammed. Emmanuel finished with 4 out of 5. Brian, Owen and Danny finished with 3. Andrew finished with 2.5, Karreim with 2, and Naeem with 1.5 .
TECH'S VARSITY TEAM TAKES TITLE IN THE GREATER NY CHAMPIONSHIP What a way to end the Year! Tech wins their first title of the Decade! On December 30, 2000 on a snow filled New York City, Tech’s chess team was in another world. It was another chance for them to win the 2000 GNY Scholastic Chess Championships Title. It was a close match last year, but they came 2 points short of winning the title. This time, Tech was determined to win, last year’s defeat will only be an image of the past. Tech team consisted of Owen Dublin, Eugene Koltunov, Emmanuel Rivera, Andrew Singh, Daniel Sirota, David Wigglesworth, Brian Wilmeth, and Kamau Wright. All veteran chess players with great experience in tournament play. When play started, the team had one thing on their mind, WIN. Tech did just that. Round one started, Tech’s top boards easily won. Tech ended with 4 points out of 4 points after round one. Only top four players score counts towards team score. In round two, Techs top 4 ended with 7 out of 8. Emmanuel started his game off with a blunder and tried his best but couldn’t comeback against the higher rated Marcus, defending champion. Round 3 was when the fight started. Tech was paired up with two of Murrow’s players. Eugene had to play Gorokhovsky who had the white pieces. But Eugene didn’t mind and won. Brian had a tougher task, he was playing I. Krush, one of the best chess players in USA. He wasn’t able to win but wore down Krush. Owen faced a much higher rated opponent, but with his experience and mental strength, he did his job. In round 4, Tech scored 12.5 out of 16. This round Eugene was faced with the Krush and wasn’t able to beat her either. It went down to the final 10 second in an intense battle. I Krush no longer seem as invisible as she was 2 years ago. Emmanuel was paired with Eynullayeva, the second seed in the tournament, but he just knew he could win and he did. When round 5 was about to start, the face of reality hit Tech, this wasn’t easy, Tech was trailing by 1 going into the last round. Tech had to have a solid finish to win. Owen, Emmanuel, Brian, and Eugene had to all win their games to control their team’s destiny and win the title. Owen and Emmanuel were paired with Murrow’s players. Both Murrow’s players were significantly higher rated by more than 250 points! Statistically, Tech players’ chances of winning were slim. But Tech ignored the numbers and played their heart out. Both Owen and Emmanuel won early and victory seems closer. Eugene won his game moment later too. Tech was now up by 2. But the score instantly change when another Murrow player won his game against Stuy. Tech was only up 1. Now the only games with an effect on the title outcome were Brian from Tech and Krush from Murrow. Brian’s position was winning. Krush’s game was unclear. If Brian drew or won Tech was the new Champions. But If Brian lost, their fate was out of Tech's hands. That just happened, Brian lost on time pressure. Tech was up one. Krush had to win to at least tie the score and bring it into a tiebreak system. Krush was playing Marcus, who was rated about 400 rating points less than Krush. Statistically saying Marcus has almost no chance of even drawing. So Tech was on their toes, they ignored numbers through out the tournament, but this time it was out of their hands. Finally as the crowd was watching Krush play, we hear that Krush’s game was drawn. Tech wins by half a point! TECH WON THE NYC CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE! The performance of Tech's team was amazing. Owen ties for FIRST with a strong performance of 4.5 out of 5. He was undefeated! Eugene and Emmanuel win 4th and 5th respectively with 4 out of 5. Brian finished with 3 out of 5 points, finishing top 15. David wasn’t felling well and didn’t perform as well as he wished. Andrew, Danny, and Kamua all gave their effort too but had their bad chess day. But that didn’t matter as Tech is a team and players picked up roles when they were called for. Owen, Kamau, David get to win their first title as a team and its done in their senior year at Tech. The other players still have several years left in Tech and hope to pick up the roles of those who will leave. Eugene is a freshman and already showed he’s ready to play on this team. Tech now has the NYS Scholastic Championships in Febuarary on their mind! This win is only the beginning. Tech Chess Team gives special thanks to coaches of Chess-in-the-Schools.
TECH TIES FOR EIGHTH IN THE US HS CHAMPIONSHIPOn April 28-30, 2000 Tech attend the National High School Championships in North Carolina. Tech came in 9th place with 18 points. The team consisted of Owen, David, Emmanuel, Brian and Kamua. Owen finished with 5 out of 7. He was undefeated for the whole tournament with 3 wins and 4 draws! David and Emmanuel finished with 4.5 , Brian finished with 4, and Kamua with 3.
TECH'S VARSITY TAKES THIRD IN THE STATE OF NY CHAMPIONSHIPOn March 12-13, 2000 Tech attended the NYS Scholastic Championships. Tech came in Third place with 13 points. The team consisted of Owen Dublin, Brian Wilmeth, Danny Sirota, and Emmanuel Rivera. Owen and Brian finished with 3.5 out of 5. Danny and Emmanuel finished with 3.
TECH'S VARSITY TEAM TAKES THIRD IN NYC CHAMPIONSHIP TECH'S JUNIOR VARSITY TEAM TAKES SECOND IN NYC CHAMPIONSHIPOn February 5th, 2000 Tech's Varsity team took Third in the City of New York and Tech's J-Varisty team took second in the City of New York.
TECH'S VARSITY TEAM TIES FOR SECOND IN THE GREATER NY CHAMPIONSHIPOn December 29, 1999, Tech attended the 35th Annual Greater New York Scholastic Championships. Tech tied for second Place in the Varsity Section with 12.5 points. The Team consisted of veteran chess players David Wigglesworth, Owen Dublin, Brian Wilmeth, Emmanuel Rivera, Kamua Wright and Danny Sirota. Brain ranked 25th out of the strong 58 man field, however surprised the tournamentby taking fourth place with 4 out of 5 points. Owen finished 12th with 3.5 out of 5 points. Emmanuel and David both finish with 2.5 out of 5 points. Danny and Kamua finish with 2 out of 5 points.
TECH'S JUNIOR VARSITY TEAM TAKES FIFTH IN THE GREATER NY CHAMPIONSHIPTech took fifth Place in the J-Varsity Section with 9.5 points. The Team consisted of new comers Felix Radutman, Diana Yakobzon, Yelena Ofengeyni, Josif Kharazishvili, and Victor Kyprias. Felix finished with 3.5 out of 5 points, taking 13th place. Diana finished with 2.5 points, Yelena with 2, Josif with 1.5, and Victor with 1.