For the first time since 2015, the Christian Brothers Academy chess team has won the New Jersey Team Championship.
The all-senior team of Daniel Draganoff, John-Gabriel Bermudez, Marc Sorrentino, Matt Notaro and Michael Gilbride won all five of their matches to cap the team victory the weekend of March 3-4 at Union County Vocational-Technical School, Scotch Plains.
In the final round of play, the CBA team defeated programs from High Technology High School, St. Joseph’s of Metuchen, Union Vocational-Technical, Sparta and Millburn.
Draganoff won the top first board honors for the entire state. Each member of the varsity squad won an individual board honor.
In total, 25 members of the program competed in both the varsity and junior varsity sections of the tournament. Other individual board winners were Kevin Cisneros, Thomas Greenwald, Jonathan Wuestneck, Jacob Dice and Alec Almeida.
Since the trophy’s founding in 1956, CBA has won the state’s top title four times. The statewide win comes just two weeks after CBA chess captured the Shore League title for the first time since 2011. The team of Draganoff, Bermudez, Sorrentino, Notaro and Gilbride defeated High Tech by a score of 4-1 to secure the league victory.[[In-content Ad]]