PREVIEW: Chess

James Nosek | Staff Writer

The Mason High School chess team is moving into its third season as a part of the GMC. Coach Mark Meibers said he hopes the team can win the GMC this year.

“I would love to be in the contention for first place in the league,” Meibers said. “[Last year] we didn’t do as well at the end-of-the-year tournament as [we] hoped.”

Six matches into the 2010-2011 season, the Comets have a record of 4-1-1. They lost their season opener to Princeton and tied to Fairfield in week two.

In the 2009-2010 season the Comets finished third in the GMC tournament after losing to Sycamore. Then in the finals of the tournament, Sycamore defeated Lakota East.

“Sycamore has won the last two years,” Meibers said. “[One of our goals this year] is to finally beat Sycamore [this year].”

Competitive chess is played in a game of 40 minutes, according to Meibers.

“During [a] regular season game, a player has 40 minutes to complete all moves,” Meibers said.

Each week, five players are chosen to play in the match and they are referred to as the “five varsity boards.” When a team gets a victory, it earns a point and if there is a tie, the team gets half a point, according to Meibers.

The first board this year for Mason will be Kevin Huang, a returning senior who played second board last year. In the regular season last year, Huang finished with a 6-0-1 match record as the second board. He finished the season on the All-GMC First Team along with other Mason player 2010 graduate Dennis Tseng, the previous first board player.

Meibers said that his goal is for the team to have fun and compete this season.

“[I want the kids] to get to know some people from other schools,” Meibers said. “It’s nice to win, but it’s nice for our kids to have fun and get the chance to play a varsity sport here.”