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Friday, 22 May 2015
The Awty International School Chess Team is the 2015 National High School Champion. Over three days on April 10-12, ten Awty students competed in seven matches each, some lasting up to four hours at the national championship tournament in Columbus, Ohio. It was a close competition, but the team did very well, resulting in a clear first place victory in their division.

(Left to Right): Yian Wong, 8th grade; Olivier Kuhn de Chizelle, 11th grade; Adam Ali, 11th grade; Burhan Qureshi, 12th grade; Matt Mallon, 12th grade; Arjun Saran, 11th grade; ?Devon Merz, 11th grade; ?Maxim Gurevich, 11th grade; ?Jacob Berg, 8th grade; Lucas Anderson, Faculty Sponsor; Stephen Wells, 8th grade. Not pictured: Mr. Anton Truong, Chess Coach (photo: AWTY).

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