This past weekend, The Jewish High School of Connecticut (JHSC) chess team competed at the United States Chess Federation 2017 National Scholastic K-12 Championships in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The team, made up of freshmen Gavriel Genger, Leo Koganov and Bryan Weisz, brought home the trophy for fourth place in the ninth grade team championships. This was the first national competition for the team, which was formed in 2010 by JHSC Academic Principal, Dr. Paul Castle. The team is currently mentored by JHSC history teacher Zachary Smith and is coached by National Master Mikhail Koganov.
“We are thrilled to have placed fourth out of 18 nationally ranked competitors. I am proud of the team and couldn’t have expected a better outcome from our first major tournament,” said Koganov. Added JHSC Head of School Rabbi Elisha Paul, “Our team reflects the high caliber and analytic skills of our students. A goal of the JHSC is to provide an in depth academic environment where our deep thinking students have the resources to pursue their dreams and make a positive impact in the world.”