The NA chess team made history at Supernationals V, bringing home a national championship title.
The NA chess team made history at Supernationals V. Newark Academy is now the reigning National Junior High School Chess champion team. It's a first for Newark Academy and for New Jersey scholastic chess, and a feat that is tough to comprehend outside the chess world.
Where the Top Players Play
Supernationals V was the largest scholastic chess tournament in the world, where 5,335 chess players competed in various sections at the Elementary (K-6), Junior High School (K-9), and High School (K-12) levels, this year at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. This tournament occurs every four years, with the three divisions playing in separate tournaments in the interim years.
The NA win unseated last year's winner, IS 318 in Brooklyn, New York, the subject of the chess documentary film Brooklyn Castle.
Team Spirit Congratulations to team members Adam Branovan ’16, Jeremy Glassman ’16, Matthew Lim ’17, Michael Lim ’17 and Michael Wu ’17. “We couldn’t have taken first place with only one or two outstanding players,” said Chess Club advisor Joe Ball. “It took everyone’s substantial contributions to compete for the top spot in the nation.”
Team members and their families want to acknowledge Grandmaster and NA parent Alex Fishbein, and Chess Club advisors Mr. Ball and Dr. Hobson for their support and guidance.