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Diverse Group of Champions from Brooklyn Take Back Chess Title

The chess team of Brooklyn’s Edward R. Murrow High School is going to Columbus, Ohio in April to try and retake the title of National High School Chess Champions. The team earned its chance at the prestigious award by virtue of winning the 2018 New York State High School Chess Championship on March 9. The school has won the Nationals eight times, the most recent in 2013.

Murrow won its place in the state finals when it triumphed on January 7 this year by retaining its New York City High School Chess Champion designation. It was the 21st time the school came back with the city’s trophy.

The team consists of 25 members, coming from all over the world, reflecting the diversity of Brooklyn’s general population.

Senator Chuck Schumer said that the team members are “the very face of America’s future. What they have done is nothing short of astounding.”


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