Winners announced from fifth annual BCPS’ Chess Championship

Dulaney’s team

Cockeysville’s team

Thirty students and nine teams received trophies as the top competitors in Baltimore County Public Schools’ fourth annual systemwide Chess Championship, held Saturday, April 25, at Cockeysville Middle School. More than 190 students from 43 schools participated.

Top ranked Individual Winners
High School Division

  1. Zachary Jablow, Towson
  2. Rex Ledesma, Dulaney
  3. Harshil Patel, Dulaney
  4. Nate Huynh, Dulaney
  5. Cameron Gray, Parkville
  6. Daniel Sun, Dulaney
  7. Eitan Borgnia, Towson
  8. Steven Zhang, Dulaney

Middle School Division
1.  Joseph Tarantin, Cockeysville
2.  Daniel Lamb, Catonsville
3.  Anthony Granruth, Ridgely
4.  Theodore Xie, Ridgely
5.  Maverick Irwin, Perry Hall
6.  Fanglin Ding, Cockeysville
7.  Gokul Natarajan, Cockeysville
8.  Andrew Bruns, Perry Hall

Elementary School Division
1.  Michael Stamatos, Stoneleigh
2.  Christopher Ray, Gunpowder
3.  Lucas Miller, Essex
4.  Eli Irwin, Cromwell Valley
5.  Ivan Chu, Timonium
6.  Jake Fey, Stoneleigh
7.  Cameron Giesler, Warren
8.  Ryan Huang, Sparks

Top unranked individual winners
High School Division
1.  Jamie Cloud, Hereford
2.  Kyle Warns, Hereford

Middle School Division
1.  Alfonso Martinez, Parkville
2.  Aiden Simms, Dumbarton

Elementary School Division
1.  Jessica Simanjuntak, Joppa View
2.  Ben Bobango, Timonium

Team competition

In the high school team competition, Dulaney’s team, comprised of Rex Ledesma, Harshil Patel, Steven Zhang, Daniel Sun, and Nate Huynh, came in first for the fourth year in a row. Taking second place was the Towson team of Zachary Jablow, Avi Kahn, Eitan Borgnia, J.P. Hutch, and Eric Libao. Eastern Tech’s team placed third. Its members were Kiran Kokilepersaud, Tomas House, Jamie Orzewicz, Zan Qureshi, and Renzo Labajanan.

At the middle school level, Cockeysville’s team ranked first for the fifth year in a row. Its members were Joseph Tarantin, Fanglin Ding, Ryan Anton, Gokul Natarajan, and Steven Zhang. Ridgely’s team, with members Anthony Granruth, Yanjie Zhang, Phillip Bramucci, Theodore Xie, and Richard Wu, placed second. In third place was Perry Hall with team members Maverick Irwin, Ady Yang, Andrew Bruns, Alex Smith, and Chris Denholm.

Stoneleigh’s team placed first at the elementary school level for the third time, with members Michael Stamatos, Jake Fey, Luke Gutberlet, Oliver Almenter, and Filippo Borrello. Ranked second was the Cromwell Valley team of Ashley Aquino, Tom Rosati, Chris Beegan, Simon Qian, and Eli Irwin.  Coming in third was the Timonium team, comprised of Ivan Chu, Ben Bobango, Evan Harrison, Bhargav Srinivasan, and Matthew Lin.

Schools that participated in the tournament were Chatsworth, Cromwell, Essex, Featherbed Elementary, Fifth District Elementary, Gunpowder, Joppa View, Orems, Powhatan, Shady Springs, Sparks, Stoneleigh, Timonium, and Warren, and Woodbridge elementary schools; Catonsville, Cockeysville, Crossroads, Deer Park, Dumbarton, Parkville, Perry Hall, Ridgely, Sparrows Point, and Stemmers Run middle schools; Crossroads, Dulaney, Dundalk, Eastern Tech, Hereford, Kenwood, Loch Raven, Milford Mill, Parkville, Perry Hall, Randallstown, Towson, and Woodlawn high schools. 

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