Washington Middle School Chess Team - 3rd in the Nation!

The WMS Chess Team - 3rd in the Nation!

We would like to deeply congratulate the Washington Middle School Chess Team, who made the journey to the National Junior High Championships in San Diego. As a team, they represented Hawaii and WMS well, taking 3rd place in the nation in the K-9 Unrated Division!

Hawaii has a new national champion: Wun Shen Chen scored 6.5 out of 7 points and is the National K-9 Unrated Co-champion! Wun Shen’s teammates all posted strong scores too:

Ted Hirai – 5.5 points (4th place)
Aaron Ou – 4.5 points (12th place)
Sungyool Park – 4 points (14th place)

WMS’ Chess Team coach Eric Floro also deserves recognition for his hard work in getting the team to the Championships.  His hard work, determination and dedication to the team is admirable.

It should be mentioned that Hawaii’s current Intermediate Champion, Ford Nakagawa, made the trip to San Diego as well; Ford played in the extremely strong K-8 Championship division and also had a strong result, scoring 5 out of 7 points, — tying for equal 14th place and gaining a good amount of rating points.  Ford is now an “A” player, having bumped his rating up in this tournament to 1800.

Well done, all.  Hawaii’s proud of you!  Links to crosstables and photos follow: