Teams from area schools are celebrating success at the Florida State Scholastic Chess Tournament in Orlando earlier this month.
Teams from Buchholz High and Williams Elementary finished on top, and more than 20 students from around the county finished in the top ten.
Williams’s team pulled off an amazing comeback, fighting back from a 400 point deficit against a higher-ranked team in the final round.
“Gainesville is a very special city. You know, the environment with the university always attracts families that are very academic. They value chess a lot as a tool for the kids to improve, not only as chess players, but also in school and in life,” said Wiliams Elementary’s chess teacher, Miguel Ararat.
The teams are now looking forward to several national championships coming up later this year.