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Brooklyn high school wins state chess tournament


March Madness has invaded Brooklyn’s Edward R. Murrow High School — and no, it’s not basketball.


The school’s chess team won the 2018 New York State High School Chess Championship Sunday in Saratoga Springs.


In April, the team hopes to reclaim the national title — which Murrow has won eight times, most recently in 2013 — at the National High School Chess Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

Alex Li of Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn competes in the state contest on Sunday.

( Elliot Weiss)


On Jan. 7, Murrow retained its New York City High School Chess Championship title, taking home the school’s 21st city trophy.


The team of 25 features players with roots from all over the world.


“They are the very face of America’s future,” U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said after congratulating the team.


“What they’ve done is nothing short of astounding.”

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