Ladue Horton Watkins High School’s Chess “A” Team won the Gateway League championship on March 8 with a 26.5 to 3.5 win over Belleville West.
The win capped off an undefeated, 12-0 season and 1st place finish in the league’s West Conference.
Leading up to the championship round, LHWHS won the West Conference semifinals against MICDS by a score of 26 to 4 on Feb. 22, then followed with a win in the West Conference finals against Webster Groves by a score of 26.5 to 3.5 on March 1.
LHWHS’s A chess team members are: Luke Ye (9), Andy Teh (12), Andrew Stappenbeck (12), Rex Zhu (9), and Celina Zhou (9); all contributed points toward the league championship win.
The team will compete in the Missouri state chess tournament beginning March 18.
The school’s “B” chess team also advanced to the playoffs after finishing its Gateway Chess High School League regular season with a 7-1 record and in 2nd place in the East Conference.
The team lost its playoff semifinals match against Belleville West by a score of 19 to 11 on Feb. 22; Aaron Lin (9) and Lincoln Olthof (9) contributed points for LHWHS in the match.
Congratulations to all of the LHWHS students who competed in Gateway League play this year and to LHWHS Chess Coach Dr. Zach Garrison on a successful season.
View more team photos on Facebook.