Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy freshman Noah Fields ’18 won the state chess championship title over the weekend at the Washington High School Individual Championship tournament held Jan. 23-24 at Lakeside School in Seattle.
According to Washington Chess Federation President Josh Sinanan, expert-level player Noah “won clear first place,” having defeated both other expert and master-level opponents on his way to the title. More than 90 players—including two National Masters—competed. A longtime student of International Master Georgi Orlov, Noah passed a rating of 2100 for the first time at the tournament.
Noah will go on to represent Washington state at the Denker Tournament of High School Champions in August held alongside the U.S. Open in Phoenix. In the meantime, he will be a judge at Charles Wright Academy’s annual chess tournament on Saturday, Feb. 7. “We hope Noah is enjoying the glow of this amazing win and title—he deserves it,” says Lower School teacher and CWA Chess Club leader Jill Downey.