Colonial chess teams take top spots in state tourney

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Patrick Roche (l) and Patrick Shiels contemplate the next move.

Members of the chess team finished in second place in the primary division (K-3) and fourth in the elementary division (4-5) in the New York State Chess Tournament Feb. 27-28 in Saratoga Springs.

The state tournament lasted two days and six rounds. In the tourney, Colonial competitors faced off against tough rivals like the Dalton and Browning schools.

In the elementary division, for most of the tournament, Dalton stood ahead in first place. Colonial was back in eighth. In the last round, Colonial broke out and won almost every individual game.  In the end, Dalton finished in second, and Colonial claimed fourth overall in the state.

The primary team included third graders Rishi Basu and Ryan Chang and second graders Noah Breskin, Aidan and Max Resnick, and Christian Shiels. The elementary players included Nicholas Nue, Patrick Shiels, Nicklas Breskin, Patrick Roche and Jared Morel.

After the tournament, Mr. Mike Ellenbogen, the Colonial chess teacher, told the team he was proud of how the students formed the long-livied chess club, said Nicklas Breskin.

Editor’s note: Colonial chess players also won the Westchester County Championship on March 19. This was Pelham’s first victory and the town fielded a team with a record 28 elementary students, with 25 from Colonial School, according to the Pelham Weekly.