Saturday, February 4, 2023

Southlake Chess Players Take Top Honors at Texas State Junior Chess Teams Championships

On October 5, the 2019 Texas State Junior Chess Team Championships (sponsored by the Texas Chess Association) were hosted locally by Southlake Tutoring Academy. Over 200 players participated from all across the state, including five teams of Southlake locals.

The tournament featured three sections of competition: championship, reserve under 800, and novice. The Southlake teams dominated the highly competitive tournament; most notably with teams STA Magic taking 3rd place and STA Storm taking 1st place respectively. Many of our Dragons also stood out individually by winning trophies for their outstanding performances!

Championship Section
3rd- STA Magic (Kevin Liu- DMS, Oscar Li- JES, Caleb Lo- CMS,
Arjan Suri- CMS)

Reserve Under 800 Section
1st- STA Storm (Satvik Chenna- JES, Terry Liu- CES, Ryan Yang- CES)
9th- STA Cobras (Gavin Li-DIS, Sparsh Thakore-JES)

Novice Section
9th- Dragon Boys (Nathan Leal- WGES, Brandon Leal- WGES,
Carter Leal- WGES)
13th- STA Stars (Brandon Chen- JES, Austin Xu- RES, Jaden Xu- RES)

Individual Trophy Winners
Championship: Oscar Li- 1st (JES)
Reserve: Satvik Chenna- 1st (JES), Terry Liu- 2nd (CES)
Novice: Clement Wang- 1st (CES), Yahan Gajanayaka- 2nd (JES)

Southlake Chess Club is always open to new members looking to learn, compete, and grow! If you are interested, contact them at (682) 477-4089 or

(Story and photography provided by CMSI intern, Lydia Lo)