Photo: Pictured is the award winning United High School Chess Team with their proud sponsor Lucy K. Gutierrez. The UHS Chess Team is headed to National competition in Tennessee.
The United High School Chess Team is proud to announce the many chess competitions they have competed throughout this school year that are leading them to the Super Nationals Chess Competition that will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, May 12 – 14.
Beginning in the Fall, the UHS Chess team competed in three local tournaments hosted by Laredo ISD and won 1st place in the Rated Divisions. The chess team also won 1st place at the Winter Chess Festival held in December in Corpus Christi. In February, the chess team competed at the Texas Region VII Scholastic Chess Championship and won 1st place Rated Division for the second year in a row, along with several individual trophies.
From March 10-12, the chess team traveled to the Texas State Scholastic Chess Championships hosted by University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg. The UHS Chess Team won 1st place in the JV Division and 6th place in the Championship Division. UHS Chess Team players, Oscar Fernandez, won 1st place state top player in the JV division. Many more of our students won individual trophies in both the JV and Championship division.
Most recently on April 8, 2017, four of UHS Chess players traveled to Harlingen, Texas to compete at Texas Junior Teams Scholastic State Championship 2017. Again they came home with 1st place top team in Texas! These four UHS Chess team players are Luis Alarcon, Rogelio Hernandez, Ernesto Gutierrez and Juan Llano.
Students are now looking forward to competing at Super Nationals to be held this May 12 to May 14, it is to be held in Nashville, Tennessee at the Opryland Convention Center. Super Nationals is held every four years and students have been fundraising all year long to get there.
The United High School Chess Team sponsor is Lucy K. Gutierrez. Mrs. Gutierrez started the Trautmann Middle Chess Team in 1997 and as her students moved up to United High School she began the chess program for United High. She has been sponsoring the United High Chess Team for 17 years now and students have always come back as winners at every level no matter what type of tournament they attend. United ISD wishes the UHS Chess Team success at National competition.