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March 30th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
This year, Tianyi He, Robert Xue, Terrence Sun, and Jim Lee hope to become America’s high school chess champions.
Tianyi is a national master and ranked 9th in the United States among 15 year olds with a 2213 rating. Robert is ranked 24th among 14 year olds with a 1989 rating. Terrence Sun is ranked 72nd in the nation among 14 year olds with an 1803 rating. Finally, Jim Lee is the senior member of the TCHS team with a 1674 rating. An average adult player in the U.S. has a 1450 rating.
Each student takes chess very seriously, playing six hour games and dedicating entire weekends to the “game of kings”. Officially, the four students have a 1920 average rating and according to last year’s competition are ranked in the top five teams in the nation.
The Supernationals, held every year in Nashville, is unanimously considered the largest high school chess tournament in the nation. Although it is an individual competition, the largest and most celebrated prize every year is the one for the top school team of four. The top four scores from each school are combined to determine the overall winner.
In order to make their dream come true, the TCHS team needs to raise $4,060 to cover travel and tournament expenses. For more information about the tournament, contact the team’s advisor and TCHS instructor Hank Bailey at 626-548-5040, Extension 1671. Donation checks may be made out to Temple City High School and mailed to Hank Bailey, Temple City High School, 9501 Lemon Avenue, Temple City, CA 91780.
For more information about the Supernationals IV Chess Tournament, visit their website at www.supernationalsiv.com.