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Coalinga High chess team wins fifth national title

Brothers Brett, Bryce and Blake Wong, all Coalinga High School students, placed in the top five individually at the U.S. Junior Congress chess championships in Livermore, Jan. 21-22, 2017.
Brothers Brett, Bryce and Blake Wong, all Coalinga High School students, placed in the top five individually at the U.S. Junior Congress chess championships in Livermore, Jan. 21-22, 2017.

The Coalinga High School Chess Team won its fifth national title in the age 18-and-younger division at the U.S. Junior Congress in Livermore on Jan. 21-22.

Washington Union High School placed second in the under-16 section and West Fresno Middle School placed fourth in the under-14 division.

The win gives Coalinga’s scholastic chess teams a total of 23 state titles and five national titles.

Team members are brothers Blake, Brett and Bryce Wong. Blake Wong, a senior, won his first national title in a tie with brother Brett Wong, a junior. This is Brett’s second national title. Bryce Wong finished in the top five.

BoNhia Lee: 559-441-6495, @bonhialee

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