Nguyen Le, a Wasatch Academy senior, is heading to the national Denker Tournament of High School Chess Champions as the Utah representative. With a nice five-game win, Le claimed the championship at the American International School of Utah (AISU) chess tournament on March 23.
The event brought in 150 players total with 29 individuals within his chess section. “The number 2 and number 3 seeds gave me some challenge, but it wasn’t really difficult,” states Le.
The Denker Tournament of High School Champions invites the winners of the US Chess State Affiliate championships to compete for the title of 2019 GM Denker Champion of Champions. This year’s invitational tournament will be held from August 3 to August 6 during the 2019 U.S. Chess Open.
Le is no stranger to winning chess competitions. He currently is the number one player for affiliate in the Utah Chess Association and ranked 3rd overall in the state of Utah out of 722 players according to the US Chess Federation. Le kicked off 2019 with several excellent titles including winning National Master at the 10th Annual Southwest Class Tournament in Texas and 1st Category Title at the 28th Annual North American Open in Las Vegas.
Nancy Hewitt, Executive Assistant to Head of School, states, “Nguyen loves going to all the national and state championships,” she said. “He loves the challenge — the thrill of competing and winning.”