Alhambra is Runner-Up at Arizona Chess Team Championships

Posted by Community Relations Department on 11/13/2013

The Alhambra captured the state runner-up trophy at the Arizona Chess Team championships, November 1-2 in Tucson.  The Lions won all their matches before falling to undefeated Catalina Foothills in the 24-team tournament.    It is the second time in three years that Alhambra has finished second in state.  Khanh Phan, Joseph Orosco, Esmeralda Jimenez, and Eddie Wendler also qualified for the Individual State Championship scoring in the top 18 players out of 131 in the region.    The Individual tournament takes place November 15-16 at Tempe High School.  Vivian Lopez scored the 14th place medal in the alternate section.  The Lions are coached by Barry Wilder. 

“Catalina Foothills is still extremely tough.     It is so hard to compete against teams that have access to year-round personal coaching, software training programs and  chess camps with trainers who are international masters,” said Wilder, who is applying for grants for the team.  “ I would like to have scholarships to at least one chess camp in the summer and bringing in an international level trainer at least once a month for my top players.”  

Catalina Foothills has three consecutive state titles, is a three-time national champion, and finished 3rd in the nation in 2013.