Renert School successfully defends its chess title (Division 1 and Division 2 Calgary Champions)

It was a great weekend for Renert Chess Program: our Division 1 team easily defended the title that they won over the past two years. Additionally, Milan Budihal tied for 1st in the individual competition, losing the title in a close speed chess play-off match!
It was much closer in Division 2. Just like last year we went into the last round in second place behind the leaders Westmount by 2.5 points. Only the top 4 participants from each team count for a team score, so it didn’t seem likely that we could retain the title, so coach asked the boys to focus on keeping second place position. Alas, our players did an outstanding job in the last round and managed to tie for first place. This set up a speed chess playoff between top four Renert and Westmount students. In speed chess players only have 3 minutes to complete all their moves so moving fast is just as important as playing well. Anant lost his game but Zavier quickly brought the match to a tie with a nice checkmate. That left Aydin and Joaven‘s games. Joaven recovered from inferior position, and won, and Aydin drew by stalemate to secure a Renert win by a score of 2.5-1.5, and secure the city championship title for Division 2.