Drexel Wins 2015 PA Team Championship

The championship squad.

The championship squad. L-R: Paul, Aravind, Josh, Kent


On October 10th, 2015, four members of the Drexel Chess Club traveled to Shippensburg University for the PA State Team Championships. Not only did we win the collegiate title, but we won first place overall in the tournament. While small, the tournament was highly competitive, and after pulling out a hard-fought draw against Shippensburg Community, we emerged as the champions. We hope to return next year to defend our title!

Team Members: Aravind Ponukumati, Kent Huang, Josh Cohen, Paul Milano

Round 1

Drexel Shippensburg University
Aravind Ponukumati 1 0  Jacob Painter
Kent Huang 0.5 0.5  Anthony Ciarlante
Joshua Cohen 1 0  Chris Owens
Paul Milano 1 0  Lula Eichenlaub
3.5 0.5
All of the games in this match were hard-fought. The eventual scoreline did not do the match justice.

Round 2

Drexel Lancaster Community
Aravind Ponukumati 0.5 0.5 Joseph Mucerino
Kent Huang 0.5 0.5 Jeremiah Cassidy
Joshua Cohen 1 0  Neal Martin
Paul Milano 1 0 Sam Cassidy
3 1
Top two boards finished first with draws, by which point the lower two boards had clear winning positions.

Round 3

Drexel Shippensburg Community
Aravind Ponukumati 0.5 0.5 Austin Henninger
Kent Huang 0 1 Robert Graham
Joshua Cohen 1 0 Tyler Forrester
Paul Milano 0.5 0.5 Chris Kjeldgaard
2 2
Went into the match needing a draw to win the tournament. Josh finished first with a win, but a draw by Paul meant that the team needed 0.5 from the top two boards. Kent was in a tough situation versus a higher-rated opponent, so it was up to Aravind. Even though he was down a knight to a couple extra pawns, he managed to use the threat ofpromotion to capture a draw, and thus the crown for Drexel!

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