Tan, Ruiz, and Kulbis lead Chess Club to 4th out of 20

McKenna Powers and Alexia Kingzette

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“I know people are better than me. I’m just here to learn,” said Chess Club member Ralph Ruiz.

While Ruiz might think he has a lot to learn, RB’s Chess Club has gotten off to a terrific start this year.  At a recent tournament, Chess Club had five of RB’s eight players competing in a meet for the very first time.  Nevertheless, the team defeated three opponents and finished in 4th place out of twenty teams.  Last year’s team finished in 5th at the same tournament.  The team’s only loss was to eventual 2nd place finisher Evanston.

“We should have beaten them!” said Coach Dave Monti.

Senior Ruiz and Sophomore Joe Tan went undefeated. Freshman Lukas Kulbis went 3-1 and tied for 4th. Alex Campillanos, Alex Escobedo, Alex Buffo, and Chris Detloff added two victories. Brian Jansen added two much needed draws. Collin Taylor also took 3rd place and Grant Garr tied for 4th. Both won three out of four of their matches.

Kulbis, a new addition to the team, has been playing for five years and hopes to continue with RB’s team next year.

“I joined because of past influences [and] my brother,” said Kulbis.

He wasn’t nervous about going to the Evanston Chess Tournament.

“I got out of Lithuanian school, so that was good,” he said.

Sophomore Tan is starring for the team with a record of 6-0 this year.  He has been playing for three years and practices two hours daily.

“It only gets boring when the other player doesn’t move fast,” he said.

Tan really enjoys the strategizing part of chess.

“I’ve never lost. I always beat people,” he said.

Ruiz, however, argued for a bit more restraint.  Ruiz says he practices day and night against a variety of different people.

“You can’t show you want to win,” he said. “You can’t show the opponent too much emotion.  Put your poker face on!”

Ruiz says he does get nervous, unlike Kulbis and Tan.

“You need to make a lot of mistakes in order to learn,” he said.

About the Writers
McKenna Powers, Editor-in-Chief
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McKenna Powers isn’t just a regular fourth year reporter for the Clarion, she’s also a behind the scenes spy. Powers captures all of the news, right as it happens, and is able to bring back every single detail back to Clarion, at lightning speed. No one sees her while she’s collecting the news, yet she always gets it. How does she do it? The world may never know…

A Senior at Riverside Brookfield High School, Powers plays two sports, including tennis and soccer. She is also involved in National Honors Society and Fishing Club. This year in Clarion, Powers is the Co- Editor in Chief, along with Niko Radicanin. Powers is very excited for another exciting, last year with Clarion!

McKenna Powers can be reached at [email protected]

Alexia Kingzette, Story Editor
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Alexia Kingzette may have disappeared from Clarion for the past year and a half but that’s just because she’s been busy breaking world news. Recently returning back to Riverside Brookfield High School after exploring the world, she is now fluent in three languages, has met ambassadors from four different nations, and been so jet lagged she’s slept an entire twenty-four hours. In the past year she has written stories that tae place in Alaska to Australia, Honolulu to Madrid.k

In reality, Alexia is a senior story editor returning to Clarion after having missed a year due to schedule conflicts. The past year off has made her a better writer and she’s thrilled to be an editor so she can have a bigger role for the paper. She’s now ready to report about anything and everything. When she’s not busy writing stories for Clarion she’s got her head in a book, doing gymnastics, playing badminton, or serving at a retirement home. You can reach her at [email protected]

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Tan, Ruiz, and Kulbis lead Chess Club to 4th out of 20