Columbia Chess Club Wins Inter Ivy Championship (in Chess)

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One Ivy.  One Team.  One World Whose Future Hangs in the Balance.

One Ivy. One Team. One World Whose Future Hangs in the Balance.

Columbia University’s Chess Club came out yesterday and spanked had a pretty darn good showing against Brown, Dartmouth, Yale, and Penn in the fourth annual Inter Ivy Championship. The tournament, held all day yesterday in Earl Hall (that home court advantage doe) resulted in a tie between Columbia’s A and B teams. In the tiebreaker, team A won, securing the victory for Columbia. To add to the delightful shellacking, this is the third time (out of four tournaments!) that this team has taken it home for our beloved Alma.

This is, in fact, not surprising because obviously Columbia wins at smartness our team is home to some of the best chess players in the U.S. of A.  Matthew Michaelides, President of the club as well as a ranked National Master says of his team, “Victor Shen (who competed in the tournament) is an International Master, but the team also includes International Master Eli Vovsha who is a PhD student in Computer Science and International Master Rusudan Goletiani, a student in GS and who has competed in the invitational and highly-prestigious US Women’s Chess Championship many times. There are about 10 Columbia students who are ranked a National Master or above by the US Chess Federation.”


Team Roster:

A-Team: Victor Shen CC’15, Kyron Griffith CC’17, Andrew Ryba SEAS ’14, Eigen Wang CC’15, Shaoxiang Wang CC’14,

B-Team: Alexander Fabbri CC’17, Abigail Marshall BC ’14, Jonathan Pagan SEAS ’17, Srikar Varadaraj CC ’17

More drama than an Ingmar Bergman  film via Shutterstock

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  1. chess club member  

    his name is Matthew Michaelides

  2. Anonymous  

    roar lion roar!

    Wouldn't it be great if Columbia would make us some t-shirts to come out to these games. a.) there are tons of great chess puns and b.) our team is a winner



  4. spirited  


    turns out columbia has a lot to be proud of.

  5. Thank god....  

    that we at least have the chess team to make Columbia proud, as opposed to the football team who not only lose their games, but lose respect from peers and non-affiliated individuals with hate crimes and racist blurs

  6. Anonymous

    Columbia has the smartest students in the ivies. No suprise here.

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