Lincoln-Way District 210 Chess Teams attend State Tournament
Thursday, February 15, 2018

On the evening of Thursday, February 8, students from all three Lincoln-Way High Schools traveled through a snow storm to attend the Illinois State Chess Competition. The two day competition took place on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois; with over 1,500 students from the state of Illinois, the competition is the largest team tournament in North America.

Players from 128 Illinois high schools attended, with nearly 30 students from District 210. Players participated in seven rounds of chess with each match lasting an average of two and a half hours.

“I think the students had an amazing experience,” said Lincoln-Way West Chess Coach, Tim Harrison.

Nine players attended from Lincoln-Way East, including sophomore Josh Bonovich, who, with a record of 6-1, medaled for eighth place out of 128 players on his board.

"The Lincoln-Way teams showed exceptional sportsmanship and competitive attitude this weekend at the State tournament. I'm incredibly proud of all our players,” said Lincoln-Way East Chess Coach Matt Johnson. “A special congratulations to Josh Bonovich for medaling out of his field of 128 competitors, a rare and impressive achievement."

Out of 128 teams, Lincoln-Way Central took 90th place, Lincoln-Way East took 91st, and Lincoln Way West took 94th. “The tournament tests the endurance of the mind and body. The students from West are already planning how to improve for next year,” says Harrison.