For the second year in a row, Sturgis Charter Public School’s chess team won first place in the Southeast Conference Interscholastic Chess League Playoff and will be heading to the Massachusetts State Chess Team Championship on April 13 in Boxborough, MA.
Sturgis chess team members are: Team Captain Jonah Greenberg of Barnstable, Connor Antonellis of Waquoit, Owen Bescherer of East Sandwich, Mitchell Burns of Sandwich, Nate Henson of Osterville, Ben Johnson-Staub of Sandwich, Julien Legault of Falmouth, Alex Lieberwirth of Barnstable, Zak Longinidis of Hyannis, Alasdair McEwen of Yarmouth, and Connor Naples of East Sandwich. The team is coached by Aaron Dunigan-AtLee, Math teacher at Sturgis East.
The Southeast Chess League includes high school teams from Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Martha’s Vineyard, New Bedford, Sturgis and Wareham. During the chess season which runs December to February, each school plays two matches against each league team. Matches consist of five chess games, with the five players from each school ranked in order of ability: top player vs. top player, second vs. second, and so on. At the end of the season, the top two teams have a playoff for first place. This year’s playoff match-up was between Sturgis and Fairhaven. The playoff is a best-2-of-3 system. Sturgis won the first round of the playoff at Fairhaven on March 11 and clinched the title with a second victory at home on March 18.
An enthusiastic group of parent, teacher, and student supporters were able to observe the games remotely via the Free Internet Chess Server with live commentary from Sturgis Chess Coach Aaron Dunigan-AtLee.