Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep’s DesMarais wins chess title

1210Ns Education Photo (Chess Winner)A view of Nick DesMarais at the AIA individual state chess championship

Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep senior Nick DesMarais beat out 63 players to win the AIA individual state chess championship in Yuma on Nov. 22.

Nick achieved a perfect 6-0 score and was the only undefeated player in the tournament, according to a press release.

Ranked an “Expert Player,” Nick scored an impressive win over a higher-ranked “Master Player” from Barry Goldwater High School, the release states.

Nick has placed in the top 10 at the AIA state individual competition each of his four years at NDP.

He is listed by the U.S. Chess Federation as number 49 in the nation among 17 year-old players, the release states.

This was the NDP Saints best overall Individual tournament performance with four players placing in the top 20 heading into the final game. NDP junior Joobin Saadat finished seventh in the Alternate individual competition by winning five of six games.

In the team competition, NDP varsity finished 11th in the state, its best team result to date.

Among the 103 players competing in the team Alternate section, sophomore Etienne Ruiz finished in fourth place with an upset over a higher-ranked opponent, sophomore Jesse Nguyen won all five of his games, and senior Kylie Best finished 20th.

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