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Chess team places sixth in state

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Photo Credit: Mike Steger (@meistersteger on X)
Central’s chess team (right) faces off with Fremd at the IHSA Chess State Championship on Feb. 10. Central lost the match, but ultimately finished sixth in the state.

Central’s Chess team took sixth place at the IHSA Chess State Finals on Feb. 10 in Peoria.

Central advanced to state after winning their sectional, despite losing a large number of seniors from the previous year.

“It went much better than expected,” said junior Arthur Xu, who plays on board one for the team.“ We placed 6, which is two [places higher] than last year. I’m very happy with how much our team practiced and came out.”

In the seven rounds they played, the Redhawks only suffered one loss. They fought hard but lost against Fremd during round 5, who would eventually go on to finish in fourth place.

“We were four-for-four and going to the fifth round, we knew that was gonna be a tough match,” Xu said. “We had some team prep, everyone was analyzing their opponents’ games, and we were all trying to see how it could be done. We came really close, it was obviously an unlucky ending there, but we bounced back after that as well.”

The team was led by Xu, who won all seven of his games, followed by senior Jacob Ang who won 6 of his.

“Our board four was Jacob,” Xu said. “He was really popping off. He went out six out of seven and as a board four, considering he wasn’t even on the team last year, there was huge improvement there.”

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Jay Deegan, Print Managing Editor
Jay Deegan is a Junior at Central and happy to start his third year of journalistic adventures at the Central Times. Jay loves writing features and diving in-depth into issues that plague our community. In his free time Jay runs a freelance videography and photography business and loves to creatively express his interests in sports and filmmaking. If you’d like to join CT or have a tip, reach out!
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