CBA Team Wins NJ Chess Championship

March 15, 2018
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Seniors from the Christian Brothers Academy chess team won the 2018 NJ Chess Championship. Seated from left are John-Gabriel Bermudez, Daniel Draganoff and Marc Sorrentino; standing are Thomas Greenwald, Michael Gilbride, Andrew Mullaghy and Matt Notaro.

By Elizabeth Wulforst |

LINCROFT – The all-senior chess team from Christian Brothers Academy beat multiple rivals over the March 3-4 weekend to capture their first state title since 2015.

Continuing their historic season, the CBA team, comprised of Daniel Draganoff, John-Gabriel Bermudez, Marc Sorrentino, Matt Notaro, and Michael Gilbride, won the New Jersey Team Championship at Union County Vocational-Technical School in Scotch Plains.

The team won all five of their matches to seal the victory.

In the final round of play, the CBA team defeated respected programs from High Technology High School, St. Joseph’s of Metuchen, Union Vocational-Technical, Sparta and Millburn.

In addition to the team victory, each member of the varsity squad won an individual board honor, including Draganoff’s top first board honors for the entire state.

In total, 25 members of the program competed in both the varsity and junior varsity sections of the tournament. Other individual board winners were Kevin Cisneros, Thomas Greenwald, Jonathan Wuestneck, Jacob Dice and Alec Almeida.

Since the trophy’s founding in 1956, CBA has won the state’s top title five times.

The statewide win comes just two weeks after the CBA Chess team won the Shore League title for the first time since 2011. The team of Draganoff, Bermudez, Sorrentino, Notaro and Gilbride defeated High Tech by a score of 4-1 to secure the league victory.

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This article was first published in the March 15-22, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.

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