Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep senior is national chess champion

0128Ns Education Photo (Chess King) FOR WEBNotre Dame Prep chess team member Nick DesMarais tied for first place and was crowned co-champion at the United States Chess Federation’s 2014 National K-12 Championship.

More than 1,500 players from 50 states competed in the event, held December 12-15 in Orlando, Fla.

Nick shares this year’s championship with Master chess player Sami Sen, a high school senior from Vancouver, Wash. Nick and Sami each won six of their seven games to claim the title.

Ranked an Expert, Nick’s raised his USCF rating 20 points to 2124 and is now 76 points away from achieving Master status. His recent victory also moved him from 50th place to 40th on the USCA’s roster of 17-year-old players in the United States.

Nick won the AIA individual state chess championship in November with a perfect 6-0 score and was the only undefeated player out of 63 students in the Arizona tournament.

The NDP chess team is coached by Nick’s father, Richard DesMarais and NDP math teacher Deacon Carmene Carbone.

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