This weekend the Miami Senior High chess team participated in the 2008 U. S. National High School (K-12) Chess Championship in Atlanta. In the K-12 Open section there were 338 participants. Juan "Camilo" Arango came tied for 4th place winning 5/7, Ian Pico placed first in the U1400 section and Alfonso Chie came in 3rd in the same category.Javier Abreu won 4/7, Alberto Delgado won 3.5/7 and Frank Lopez won 2/7.
I am proud to say that even though we did not win the national championship we ended up 3 points behind the winner. We tied for fourth place overall but due to tie breaks were awarded the sixth place trophy. Yes that is correct, we are the sixth ranked high school chess team in the entire United States. This is an accomplishment that these young man should be commended on. I also would like to acknowledge that as a team we also won 12th place in the National Blitz Championship. It has been a memorable week for all of them and they wanted to make sure that each and everyone of you know that they could not do have done it without your support. Once again the team would like to thank Mrs. Mabel Garcia, Mrs. Rembert, Dr. Tosado, the administration, all teachers ,and EESAC for their continuing support and providing these young men the opportunity to succeed and excel in their endeavours.
Once again thank you all for your support. Next is the National Invitational SuperStars tournament in Tampa, Florida on May 2-4. We will be leaving after school with hopes to continue showing the rest of world the caliber of talent that our faculty and administration is and has been developing for years.
The Miami High Chess Team
2008 FLORIDA STATE CHAMPIONS
2008 NATIONAL 6th PLACE WINNER
Julio C. Aguilar
Math Teacher/Chess Coach