Chess champs from Wright Middle Prep impress at nationals

The Wright Middle Prep Chess Team has a lot to celebrate this year. Stellar performance after stellar performance has proven they have the chops to compete with any team from across the country. The team, with Coach Chris Prosser, competed in the National Junior High Chess Championship last weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. The tournament included 1,300 players representing more than 400 schools from 38 states.

Here's how they did:


  • In the 1250-rated section, Jesus M. finished with five wins and one draw out of seven games, tying for ninth place out of 212 players. Six of his seven opponents were higher rated than he was.
  • In the 750-rated section, which is the largest section with more than 350 players, Solomon S. won three out of seven games and Si Thu M. won five out of seven, good enough to tie for 26th place.
  • Also in the 750-rated section, Jose M. won six out of his seven games. He tied for sixth place out of 355 players in his section and won 11th place overall - our of more than 1,300 competitors!
  • As a team, Solomon, Si Thu and Jose finished in 28th place (out of 57 teams) and were one of only two three-person teams to finish in the top half of the team section.

This tournament capped of a very busy and successful year for the chess team after nine tournaments, including the Regional and TN State Championships. The Wright Chess team finished fourth in the Region and 11th in the State.

Congratulations on a great year, Wright!