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Chess champs rack up wins at national event

Sherwood High School's back-to-back state chess champs competed for the first time at the U. S. Chess Federation National High School Championships Atlanta, Ga. last month.

The seven-member Sherwood team included: the team's captain, senior Chris Griffin; junior Michael Riches; senior Matthew Chhay; freshman Jackson Wright; freshman Conor Scoggin; junior Kameron Beeks; and senior Charles Meier.

The boys played seven games over three days, in two different sections.

Players from 34 states were at the national competition, which took place April 18-20.

Sherwood's unrated team took sixth place in their division and senior Charles Meier won 11th place in the unrated section, earning a giant trophy.

Included on the unrated team were Charles, senior Matthew Chhay, and freshman Jackson Wright.

Four other players - Chris Griffin, Michael Riches, Kameron Beeks, and Conor Scoggi - placed 25th as a team in the under-1,600 section (a chess rating), with Griffin winning 4.5 games, and Riches winning four out of seven games in some very stiff national competition. Griffin placed 46th out of 277 players, and Riches was in the top 100.