The Mason High School Chess Team ended the 2017 season with a slurry of honors.
The Team finished with a record of 15-1, and won the GMC tite after defeating both Sycamore and Lakota East.
“In 80 individual games throughout the season, we only had four losses. Those losses give us something to try and improve upon for next year,” explained MHS Chess Team Coach Keith Brackenridge. “We’re still trying to see if we can attend the National High School Chess Championship in April.
After the end of the season voting concluded, the following MHS players won honors:
- First Team All-GMC and Player of the Year – Anagh Kulkarni, Junior
- First Team All-GMC – Brian Suganraj, Sophomore
- Second Team All-GMC – Kalpak Duddella, sophomore & Kevin Zhu, Junior
- Coach of the Year – Keith Brackenridge
Brackenridge was introduced as the new MHS Chess Coach in May. He has won 304 GMC matches, lost 21, and tied 11 in 21 years of coaching (20 at Sycamore High Schools and one at MHS). He has won or shared 15 titles in those 21 years. He is a full-time instructor at Miami University in Oxford, where his primary teaching assignment is Calculus.
Team picture with the GMC trophy – Left to Right: Kalpak Duddella (10), Rithvik Kilaparthi (9), Akul Rajan (12), Anagh Kulkarni (11), Kevin Zhu (11), Nolan Song (11) and Brian Suganraj (10)
The team ate this cake in celebration.
Full results of the GMC Chess season are available at www.gmcsports.com under Chess, including the results, final records, and all-conference full teams.