Chess takes second at nationals


Congratulations to the Vianney chess team, which placed second in the Under 1200 division of the National Championship Tournament. 

More than 1,700 players from across the nation competed in the tournament, held March 15-17 in Chicago. The varsity team placed second among a field of 74 teams representing 31 states in the Under 1200 division. 

The varsity chess team consists of Eric Ohlendorf, Paul Nicholson, Dominic Caputa, Brandon Stanfield, Logan Kammerer and Kile Galati.

Kammerer, a sophomore, led the Griffins’ group, winning six of seven games.  Caputa, Stanfield, Ohlendorf and Galati also scored.

On Friday, after a six-hour drive to Chicago, the Griffins scored eight of a possible eight points in the first two four-hour rounds and was tied for first place. In the next four rounds, the team scored eight of a possible sixteen points and was in fifth place.

The team took care of business in the final round, scoring three and one-half out of a possible four points to vault into second place. 

Freshmen Tyson Manley, Nathan Waigand and Derian Ryker also competed in the tournament in the Under 900 Division.