Campus Life


Chess Club/Team

Chess Club/Team Moderators
Mr. John Dunne (Head Coach)

chess_piece.jpgThe Cardinal O'Hara Chess Club, like all clubs, is plenty of fun. Their motto is, "Be a thinker, not a stinker." The club meets every Wednesday in the DOJO. In addition to club meetings, players may participate in the Annual Chess Tournament in January, and join the Chess Team versus other schools, one Wednesday per month.  

COHS Chess Tournament
The Cardinal O'Hara Chess Tournament is open to all Chess Club members, and from there, an invitation-only format, based on need and interest. The tournament is single-elimination, complete with player rankings, narative write-ups, match-ups, analysis, "Vegas Odds," and write-ups from the games. The tournament will be held after school February through March. Participants must be available to play their games as the schedule dictates. No prizes- it's all about bragging rights!

Guidelines for the tournament may be downloaded here.

For the current Power Rankings, click here

2017 Champion: Kevin Kovach
2013 Champion: Linchi Zhang
2012 Champion: Jungbae Park
2011 Champion: Tong Wu
2010 Champion: Alejandro Perez
2009 Champion: Tyler Phillips/ Jacob Kim
2008 Champion: Tom Gilmartin

COHS Chess Team
The COHS Chess Team had plenty of fun last season, "on the road." The team consists of 8-12 players, based on availability, not skill. There are no practices nor requirements, other than attendance and enthusiasm at each meet. The teams travels to other schools once per month,  on a Wednesday, from 3:30pm - 6:30pm. Rides to each meet from COHS are provided and food is picked up on the way. This year we will be teamed up with the Masterminds, traveling with Mrs. O'Donnell Ms. Scheuneman and their players. Players may alternate monthly, one week playing Masterminds, the next Chess.  Chess players are guaranteed at least one game (play 2-3 games per match)!

For more information about meets, visit