NEW ORLEANS — Four members of the De La Salle High School chess team took first place in the Susan Polgar National Open at the Holiday Inn in New Orleans. Three of the players are brothers, and the boys’ sister placed in the Girls’ Division.
The chess team finished 3½ points ahead of the Chess Academy of Texas. Runnels High School of Baton Rouge finished third.
Team members included brothers Larry, Thomas and Louis Sivori and Kelten Gonzales. Eighth-grader Louis Sivori finished third overall behind two expert players, one from Canada and one from New York.
Junior Tom Sivori finished eighth, eighth-grader Kelten Gonzales finished ninth and senior Larry Sivori rounded out the boys’ team in 10th place.
In the Girls’ Division, freshman Theresa Sivori, sister to Larry, Thomas and Louis, finished in eighth place.
The Cavalier Chess team is coached by David Pierson.
In December, the chess team took first place in the New Orleans Open.
Tom Sivori finished in a first-place tie for individual honors, but came in second in tie-breaker competition.
Larry Sivori placed third, and eighth-graders Kelten Gonzales and Louis Sivori each took two wins in the tournament. Theresa Sivori had one win and one tie in the one-day event.