Roxbury chess team wins NJ Junior High State Championship
By Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger
on March 03, 2014 at 10:46 AM, updated March 03, 2014 at 10:48 AM
ROXBURY — The Roxbury Scholastic Chess Club of Eisenhower Middle School won the 2014 Junior High School State Chess Championship last month, beating defending champion Sparta by half a point.
The six eighth graders from Roxbury — known as the Knight-Eagles — earned their first state win in a tournament that featured 22 schools from across the state.
Sanctioned by the United States Chess Federation, the tournament featured five rounds of 30-minute games. Two of Roxbury’s players placed in the Top 10 as individuals.
The champs are coached by Jeffrey Mittag, a media specialist at Eisenhower Middle School. Team members include Andrew Jaffe, Storm Moeller, Ryan Johnson, Pavan Hirpara, Anavil Patel and Ian Rasmussen.
Last year, the team launched a “Quick Game” chess league for after school matches with local schools. Teams interested in participating should contact the Roxbury team here.