Wauwatosa East chess team wins national title, district announces

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The Wauwatosa East High School Chess Team Wins the 2022 National Championship. (Courtesy Wauwatosa School District)

The Wauwatosa East High School chess team has won the 2022 National High School Championship in the K-12 Unrated division, the school district announced Wednesday.

Additionally, three team members placed in the individual top 15. Moses Bidwell placed second with six wins and one draw, John Koch placed 10th with six wins and Sam Tarrence placed 15th with five wins and one draw.

Additionally, Elliot Oquist, Stephen Searing and Tyler Slye contributed to the unranked side’s success, with four wins apiece. Camden Cobb and Adam Putzer, competing in ranked divisions, also posted winning records.

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The tournament featured 230 competitors representing 45 teams from across the United States. Students competed in seven rounds during the three-day tournament, with time limits of four hours for each match.

The tournament was also notable for being the last for the Wauwatosa East team led by coach Damon White, who is retiring as the team’s coach. White was encouraged by several students to start the chess team eight years ago, and it became one of Wisconsin’s top teams within a few years, the district said.

Wauwatosa East High School

Statement from Dr. Demond Means, District Superintendent:

“A national championship is an exciting achievement for any of our student teams, and we are very proud of our chess team for their recent victory in Memphis.

“Competitions like these allow our students to compete against their most talented peers, encourage sportsmanship and develop character. We applaud our National Chess Champions and congratulate them on their success representing Wauwatosa East and our entire school district community.”

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