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Practice and Enthusiasm Take VCMS Chess Club to the Top

Chess club students hold trophy Over the last three years, the Veronica Connor Middle School Chess Club has been making a winning statement in Western New York. Eleven members of the VCMS Chess Club were awarded the team championship as they competed in the Jan. 12 W.N.Y. Blizzard Bowl Scholastic Team Chess Tournament in Elma, NY. This is a repeat win as the chess players claimed the top prize last year in the Blizzard Bowl Tournament.

Since the club's inception in 2016, the chess players have entered many tournaments as individual players with many individual place finishes. However, over the last two years the chess players have entered four team tournaments and have taken the top spot twice and claimed third place in two other team events.

Chess Club Advisor Susan Szczublewski credits the club's overall success to the students' enthusiasm and desire to improve every week. Currently, the club boasts over 40 students.

Jierui Jiao, Aleksander Pyc, Sammy May, Kaitlyn Wadman, Asher Wright, Matthew Burridge, Mithil Kara, and Hayden Garey took first place Saturday in the Blizzard Bowl unrated division against 8 other area schools. Tanner Hawley, Abi Selvakumar, and John Paul Szczublewski tied for second and third place in the USCF rated division where 16 other schools competed in their division. Six of our players also captured individual trophies for their chess performances.

Veronica Connor Middle School hosts the Feb. 9 Valentine's Scholastic Chess Tournament at Grand Island High School.

Three students hold chess trophy