Abington Chess Team Wins Championship
The school’s chess team wins the state title in the U1000 division.
Over the weekend, the Abington Senior High School chess team entered into the Pennsylvania State Chess Championship. The team won the state title for the U1000 division and placed fifth in the U1300 division. The team also won several accolades over the weekend, which featured more than 400 of the top high school chess players in the state.
In the U1000 division, the team entered the final round of play behind three teams. In an improbable comeback, The Ghosts reeled off four wins in succession beating Exeter High School, Waynesboro High School and Jim Thorpe High School, and clinched the state championship for this division. Leading the team were: Andrew Giguere, Andy Tran, Julie Sellers and Alex Veltchev.
The U1300 division saw seniors Ben Kruger and Eric Goldsborough lead their team to a fifth place finish.
There were several individual accomplishments:
- Andy Tran first place Individual U800
- Ben Kruger second place Individual u1300
- Andrew Giguere seventh place Individual U1000
- Julie Sellers tenth place individual U1000
Ghosts Chess Team:
- William Giguere
- Ben Kruger
- Ryan Klasky
- Eric Goldsborough
- Andrew Giguere
- Andy Tran
- Julie Sellers
- Alexander Veltchev
- Matt Hanzelik
- Amber McEllhinney
- V. Leskin
- Aajay Gauthier
- Susan Braverman
- Andrew Nolan
Information courtesy of Shawn Simmons, ASHS Chess Coach