SPARTA — The Chess Club is doing well after entering a number of tournaments right away.
The club has players from kindergarten age through high school.
The high school team opened their season by winning the Pocono Tournament, defeating Pocono East High School.
Eryk Banatt went undefeated, and placed second. Ian Clark finished third with three wins.
The Sparta High School Varsity raised their match record to 5-0 with double wins over East Stroudsburg South, and Delbarton, and a win against Midland Park.
The club entered 33 players comprising four teams in the National Youth Action Tournament held at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch.
The K-6 team placed second in the speed event. Anthony Esposito and Ryan Ryersen led the effort with six wins. Keith Johnson, Daniel Bacon, Kayla Melgarejo, Philippos Christodoulou each had five wins.
The Sparta High School team placed fifth behind Adam Banatt’s five points.
The Sparta Middle School Team placed sixth. The K-3 team finished eighth, and the K-6 team finished ninth, behind Daniel Bacon’s 5 wins.
The K-12, K-6 and K-3 teams were the top New Jersey public school teams in the tournament.
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