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Niles North team, Prospect’s Moskwa are state’s best in chess

Niles North won its third IHSA state chess title Saturday in Peoria. (photo submitted by Amy Rubinberg)

Niles North won its third IHSA state chess title Saturday in Peoria. (photo submitted by Amy Rubinberg)

Niles North’s chess team won its third Illinois High School Association state championship in the past seven years when it claimed the title Saturday in Peoria.

The Vikings, who have also finished second in the state four times since 2000, scored seven points to edge out Stevenson, Whitney Young, Urbana University, Chicago Northside, Glenbrook South, Hinsdale Central and Evanston Township (six points each). Neuqua Valley and Naperville North rounded out the top 10 in the 124-team event.

Members of the Niles North roster include Dennis Andreev, Emmett Barr, Ethan Brown, Adil Dzelilovic, John Grossman, Soroush Kadineh, Ben Marks, David Paykin, Rafeh Qazi, Eric Rosen, Adam Rubinberg, Ross Schneider, Julian Spivak and Yuri Tytla.

The head coach is Harry Kyriazes and the assistants are Heather Ingraham and Hagopian Mases

There was no overall individual state champion crowned, but local students did well in designated divisions.

In Board 1 competition, Prospect junior Robert Moskwa took first place, followed by Buffalo Grove’s Mattew Wilber, Niles North’s Rosen, Glenbard West’s Jamison Kaczmarek and Glenbard East’s David Horn. Neuqua Valley’s Sameer Datla claimed 10th.

Glenbrook South freshman Gavin McClanahan won Board 2, Glenbard South senior Tapan Sheth won Board 6, Aurora Central Catholic senior Mike Foley won Board 7 and Plainfield South junior Kevin Dubes won Board 8.

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