Murrow chess team, a New York City powerhouse, falls short at national championship
The Edward R. Murrow HS chess team — famed in the borough and the reigning state champ — placed 13th out of a field of 443 schools competing in the National High School Chess Championship this past weekend, placing the Midwood-based public school in the top 3 percent in the nation.
The team has won the nationals eight times, plus 21 city championships and 18 state titles, in the past 42 years under coach Eliot Weiss, but despite the near miss, Weiss said he was proud of his squad.
The four days of competition were especially grueling this year, he said, with more than 36 master-level chess players and 114 players rated over 2,000, the expert level.
“We were up against a surge of 36 chess masters, while nobody on our team has a rating above 1,900,” Weiss said. “But we were resilient and prepared for the challenge. We worked hard all year and even though some of us didn’t play up to our potential, we feel honored to be here, accomplished with our chess skills and relieved that it is over.”