Chess Player Leo L. ’23 Achieves Title of National Master
Ruth Kornblatt-Stier

In yet another victory for the CGPS chess program, Prep School student Leo L. ’23 recently achieved the impressive title of National Master! Leo was introduced to chess as part of an afterschool program and immediately fell in love with the game. In ninth grade, he joined CGPS and discovered its welcoming and inclusive chess community led by teachers Sophia Rohde, John MacArthur and Grandmaster Jonathan Tisdall. 
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, he took advantage of the extra time, practicing chess every day online. The combination of guidance from his teachers and the support of his team allowed Leo to persevere through the challenges of the pandemic and become a National Master. When asked about his new title, he said, “Chess is a unique form of art; you must be creative and thoughtful. It is never too late to start this life-long game.” This coming winter, Leo will be competing at the National K-12 Championships in Florida, where he hopes to win CGPS another title.
Congratulations, Leo, on all your hard work!

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