OES Chess Team Wins JV State Title

The Oregon High School Chess Team Association (OHSCTA) hosts a statewide tournament to determine the top high school chess team in the state. Team chess involves five members of a school competing against five members of another school, ranked in order from the top players playing on Board 1, second-best players on each team on Board 2, and so on.

The OHSCTA also created a JV/Open section to encourage middle-school-aged players and HS/MS individuals to compete in chess as well. The OES Chess Team currently includes students in 8th through 10th grade. This year, varsity and JV teams were kept separate during the first four rounds. OES won all four JV rounds, winning a combined 17 out of a possible 20 games en route to the state JV title. During the fifth bonus round, the top JV team (OES) played the top Varsity team (Jesuit) and drew even with them with a score of 2.5 to 2.5! This year's tournament was a hybrid—some teams played at Willamette High School in Eugene, while others, including OES, competed online.
 
This is the second state JV title for the OES Chess Team. OES also won in 2020 despite bringing only four players, and did not enter a team in 2021 due to Covid.
 
You can read more about the tournament on the OHSCTA website.
 
Pictured left to right is the Chess Team:
Rohan G. '26, Jack A. '26, Calvin C. '24, Tully F-W. '25, and Parker M. '25
 
Thank you to Chess Team coach Dennis Chang for submitting this article.