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Top high school chess players compete in annual tournament

Top high school chess players compete in annual tournament

Top high school chess players compete in annual tournament

Eighty seven players representing 29 local high schools participate in the ninth annual Dr. Armando J. Bucelo Sr. High School Chess Tournament.

Concentration and swift moves set the tone at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus recently as it hosted the ninth annual Dr. Armando J. Bucelo Sr. High School Chess Tournament, founded by MDC Trustee Dr. Armando J. Bucelo Jr. and his father, Armando Bucelo Sr., a chess master.

The recent competition welcomed 87 players representing 29 local high schools, up from last year’s attendance. The top four places in the team competition went to (in order from first to fourth place) South Dade High School, Miami High School, Southwest Miami High School, and Southridge High School. Trophies and scholarships also were awarded to top players, including David Sassine, Thomas Zerquera, Anthony Otero, Alejandro Acosta, and Jose Machado.

Many past winners have gone on to play for MDC’s renowned chess team.

To learn more about the annual tournament, visit online at www.mdc.edu/highschoolchess

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