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Writer Tom Scanlon

The Notre Dame Preparatory chess program is on the move like a darting bishop, led by quite a bright young knight: Nick DesMarais, a senior who is rising fast in one of the world’s oldest sports. In late November’s state high school tournament, DesMarais led NDP to an 11th place finish, the best in the school’s history. Sophomore Jesse Nguyen won all five of his games and fellow sophomore Etienne Ruiz also played well, as did junior Joobin Saadat and senior Kulie Best. And then there was DesMarais. Out of 63 in the Arizona Interscholastic Association tournament, he topped everyone, scoring wins in all six of his matches, including a victory over one of his most talented rivals, Matthew Miller. Winning the state title. What a way to cap a senior year, right? But DesMarais was just getting started, as he qualified for the national tournament. “Going into the tournament, we were not expecting him to win,” said DesMarais’ mother, Kathryn. “He was definitely one of the top contenders ranked sixth going in, but closer to fourth in United States Chess Federation ratings.”

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Images Arizona: Grayhawk February 2015 Issue  

February 2015 Issue. Local magazine distributed to Grayhawk, DC Ranch, and North Scottsdale.

Images Arizona: Grayhawk February 2015 Issue  

February 2015 Issue. Local magazine distributed to Grayhawk, DC Ranch, and North Scottsdale.

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