Alex Ostrovskiy and Murrow High School win the city championship

Murrow won the 2014 city championship. Front row: Muhammad Raqib, Nafitul Bhuiyan and Richard Bennett. Middle row: Brian Arthur, Saed Vargas, James Black, Alex Paredes, Alex Ostrovskiy, Shawn Swindell, Azeez Alade, and Kristian Jacome. Back row: coach Eliot Weiss. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

Murrow won the 2014 city championship. Front row: Muhammad Raqib, Nafitul Bhuiyan and Richard Bennett. Middle row: Brian Arthur, Saed Vargas, James Black, Alex Paredes, Alex Ostrovskiy, Shawn Swindell, Azeez Alade, and Kristian Jacome. Back row: coach Eliot Weiss. Photo by Rob Abruzzese.

The Edward R. Murrow High School chess team came in first place at the 2014 New York City High School Chess Championship at the Brooklyn Marriot Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn on Sunday with Alex Ostrovskiy taking first place when he beat teammate Azeez Alade.

“His thought process is incredible,” Alade said of Ostrovskiy. “When he plays he plays very solid and safe, but there is always a trick. In my game, I wanted to play this one move so badly, but he set a trap for me and I realized that it would have lost almost immediately. I thought it was such a perfect move, but he lays down so many traps that when you step on one it’s over.”

It’s the 18th time in the last 30 years that Murrow has won the city title. Murrow won the city, state, and national tournaments last year and it is considered favorites to win the state and national title again later this year.

“We’re definitely favorites to win the states, I don’t think there are any teams that are as strong as us,” Alade said. “Our top five, or six, are all experts. So even if two of our players mess up, we have two other backups. And then there is Alex, he doesn’t mess up.”

Check back tomorrow for a more in depth story on the tournament.


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