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

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 I'm the last one there,” Boyd said. “I'm just so involved [in the game]. I don't think there's any one thing that makes me concentrate more than other people, but I guess it's just that I'm so invested in it.”

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 and Neil Tomala. Tomala feels optimistic about earning a high placement at the Missouri State Champi...

Chess team embarks on the road to state

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.”

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 can go to state, but only those that are good usually go. If a school has a good team, it w...

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 found the strategizing and thinking aspect of it to be most challenging part of it. "Chess helped...

Chess team prepares for upcoming state tournament

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

Nico Stranquist, Staff Writer

February 15, 2015

Chess Team hopes to see success this Spring in state tournament

Jonathan Janson’s 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 is the queen because it can move in any direction any number of spaces," Janson said.

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