Coalinga student team wins 13th state chess tournament

The Fresno BeeMarch 19, 2014 

A Coalinga chess team won the state championships last week -- the 13th state win for the team that has swept the championship for the last six years.

Nearly 600 chess players competed at the Southern California Scholastic SuperStates tournament March 15-16 in Valencia.

Last year, Coalinga won the K1 championship, K3 championship, and junior high championship sections. The previous two years, Coalinga won the junior high championship section.

This year, Coalinga Middle School defended its championship. Eighth grader Brett Wong led the team, finishing 4-2 and winning a category prize. He placed sixth. Sixth grader Bryce Wong placed eighth, and eighth grader David Carmona won a category prize.

In the High School Championship Section, ninth graders Blake Wong and Paul Carmona finished as the third place team. Both also won trophies. Blake earned the 10th place trophy, and Paul earned a category prize.

In the Blitz tournament (each side has only 5 minutes), Bryce Wong won first place in the K6 division. Bryce has won the Blitz Championship three times in the last four years.

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