I.S. 318 Youngsters Dethrone New York Chess ‘Kings’
BY ELIZABETH WEISS GREEN – Staff Reporter of the Sun
May 21, 2007
URL: http://www.nysun.com/article/54866

Steven Cardenas ate four slices of pizza, two more than usual, while Michael Peguero simply took his trophy and went home.

Some jumping up and down might have been more fitting: The boys and two classmates at I.S. 318 in Williamsburg had just beaten Edward R. Murrow High School, a team dubbed the Kings of New York, stealing a crown held for longer than Murrow’s coach could remember — Brooklyn high school chess champions. The average age of the new champs is less than 13.

“It’s like a minor league team beating the Mets,” the sports reporter who gave Murrow’s team its name, Michael Weinreb, said. The school has won seven national championships, the most recent in April.

Steven Cardenas, 11, had never heard of Mr. Weinreb’s book chronicling Murrow’s chess program, “The Kings of New York.”

“I don’t know how they could be the kings of New York, if we’re better than them,” he said.

Before the match on Thursday, the high-schoolers took some shots at Steven, who is short even for his age, saying, “You’re so small” and “You don’t know how to play chess.”

“One of them was laughing at me,” he said. “But then I beat him.”

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