Delphian’s Varsity Chess Team takes 2nd in 2A at States

The Delphian School’s varsity chess team traveled to South Umpqua High School in Myrtle Creek to compete in the Oregon High School Chess Team Association’s annual championship tournament Friday and Saturday, Feb 24th and 25th.

About 180 players from over 20 different schools crowded into the tournament hall at South Umpqua High School in Myrtle Creek, Oregon to vie for the top team chess titles. The five-person varsity teams from schools of all sizes are placed in the same pool and each team plays five matches in the tournament.

The top team is awarded the overall state champion title. Titles are also awarded to the top teams from each of the six Oregon Scholastic School Activities Association (OSAA) classifications, which are based on school size (1A to 6A, from the largest to the smallest schools, respectively).

The 2A Delphian team of Brett Horton, Michael Clarizio, JJ Gonzalez, Korbin Springer and Jessup Jong defeated 4A South Umpqua and 5A Marshfield, then lost to Pleasant Hill, La Salle and Willamette (3A, 4A, and 5A respectively).

This 1st Board position pits the best player from
Pleasant Hill against the best student from the
Delphian School, Brett Horton. Brett took the plaque
for best performance for a 2A school at 1st Board.

Delphian took home the trophy for 2nd in the state in the 2A Varsity classification, and Horton brought back the plaque for best performance in 2A at the tough, 1st Board position. Clarizio was awarded the plaque for 1st in 2A at 2nd Board.

The Delphian won 2nd
in state for 2A Varsity.
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