The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


After winning their respective boards and collecting their awards, the chess team stands together, holding their trophies. Sophomore Prateek Nemmali (right) captained the team and led them to an overall second-place finish. “In terms of community, I feel [chess] is a nice team spirit-building thing, especially when playing in team tournaments. It’s competitive, but you feel together when you play the game,” Nemmali said.

Checkmate!: Chess team takes second at state

Madi Michajliczenko and Achyuta Ambal March 30, 2023

Seconds pass as small clocks tick in a silent room while tension mounts. High school students from towns across Mo. gather in the silent playing hall, facing off in a tactical game: chess. Junior Santosh...

Sophomore Karthik Dulla decides his next move as he plays a game of chess against himself. Dulla learned to play chess in India since it was the only thing he could do to pass the time. “You don’t have to be smart to play chess, all you need to know is how all the pieces move, and then you can take a go at it,” Dulla said.

Pencil and paper: How sophomore Karthik Dulla taught himself through middle school

Nidhi Pejathaya, Staff Writer November 3, 2022

When sophomore Karthik Dulla’s United States visa expired, he and his family returned to India in October 2021. They planned to stay for a few months while the U.S. approved a new visa. But, when the...

During Ac lab time, sophomore Raj Jaladi plays a game of chess in the library. Jaladi joined the chess club before winter break and has learned different strategies from his peers and YouTube videos. “I think it challenges my intellectual ability and there is a lot to learn. A lot of games there is just an objective to [achieve] but in chess there are variations and it’s an endless ocean,” Jaladi said. “I’ve been playing a lot, maybe too much actually. I’ve made friends with a lot of people in the club and I learned a lot by playing against them.”

Photo of the Week – Feb. 4

Elle Rotter, Awards Coordinator February 4, 2022

From Novice to Pro in Chess

Raj Jaladi, Multimedia Editor January 12, 2022

Focusing in on a new strategy to beat future opponents in an upcoming tournament, chess team captain and senior Matt Boyd draws on his self-made improvements to strategically think through his moves. Earlier in his career, Boyd made moves quicker than he does now; however, he has improved as a player and realized the importance of working through the scenarios. “We have had multiple matches where I spent all of my two hours, and Im the last one there,” Boyd said. “Im just so involved [in the game]. I dont think theres any one thing that makes me concentrate more than other people, but I guess its just that Im so invested in it.”

Chess team savors last year with four senior players as state championship nears

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer March 4, 2019

Surrounded by silence, five chess players duke it out against their rival, Ladue High School, in an intense battle on the boards. Four of the five players are seniors Matt Boyd, Jason Wan, Paul Gipkhin...

Paul Gipkhin is planning his strategy of attack in a chess game against Jason Wan. Gipkhin memorized all his opening moves and plans to use his specialty. “My favorite opening is the Sicilian Defense opening,” Gipkhin said. “It is a powerful opening and it is my specialty. I still need to perfect it so I have to practice different variations.”

Chess team embarks on the road to state

Andrew Li, Staff Writer February 26, 2018

The game of chess has been around for 1,500 years and played by hundreds of millions of people, but only six players from the Parkway West chess club are going to the state competition on March 17. “Anyone...

Challenges of chess

Challenges of chess

Sarah Burnham, Staff Writer April 1, 2015

Sophomore Liza Tarakanova, new to playing chess, carefully strategizes her next move while playing one of her first games as part of chess club. When Tarakanova started playing chess last semester, she...

Sophomore Liza Tarakanova concentrates on making her next move in a game of chess at the club.

Chess team prepares for upcoming state tournament

Nico Stranquist, Staff Writer February 15, 2015
Chess Team hopes to see success this Spring in state tournament
Jonathan Jansons chess games

Jonathan Janson’s chess games

Grant Aden, Staff Writer January 21, 2015

Moving a piece on the chess board, junior Jonathon Janson participates in the schools chess club. Playing two games a day after school, Janson won a third of the games he played. "My favorite chess piece...

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