ACND offers chess practice and training for players who wish to play for fun, as well as for those who wish to compete in tournaments. The chess program sharpens critical thinking skills, heightens visual perception, and develops long-term planning.
We have players of all levels, from absolute beginners to the more advanced. Within the broad group of students who participate in chess, some choose to compete as a team in formal chess competitions.
Come join our proud tradition of excellence!
A History of Excellence
The ACND Chess Knights have a proud history! You can help continue this legacy! The Chess Knights have been National Champions twice, in 2004 in the Under 1200 division and in 2006 in the Under 900 division!
|2011||South Florida Regional 5th place|
|2010||Individual Florida High School State 2nd place: Erik Frischholz Under 1000
Individual US High School 3rd place co-champion: Fernando Cruz Under 800
|2009||Florida State High School 3rd place Under 1000 division|
|2008||United States High School 10th place Under 1200|
|2007||outh Florida High School Regional 3rd place
Individual High School State 3rd place: Marlon de la Cruz Under 1000
|2006||United States High School Champions Under 900 division
Individual US High School 3rd place: William Buxton Under 900
Individual US High School 5th place: Osvaldo Diaz Under 900
South Florida High School Regional Champions
|2005||Florida State High School 3rd place Under 1000
Florida State High School 5th place Open
|2004||United States High School Champions Under 1200 division|
|2002||South Florida Regional Champions K12 Open
Individual South Florida Regional Champion: Nestor Reyes K12 Open
|2001||Florida State High School Champions Under 1200 division|
|2000||Florida State High School Champions Under 1200 division
Individual High School State Champion: Patrick Gamero Under 1200
Noteworthy Team Events and Records
|2010||Erik Frischholz goes undefeated at the State Championship with 4 wins and 2 draws.
Fernando Cruz goes undefeated at the US High School Nationals with 6 wins and a draw.
|2007||Carl Dominique and Leon Pierre each break the team's record to become the first and only competitors to score 3 points in their very first chess tournaments.
Brian German goes two years in a row undefeated at Nationals, with only wins and draws.
|2006||William Buxton becomes the only member of the team ever to win seven games at Nationals.
Andre Filson displays the most rapid competitive growth streak in team history, winning his first game in January, winning 3 games at States, and winning 4 games at Nationals.
|2005||Jonathon Buchmann breaks a 2000 USCF rating threshold, becoming the first (and only) National Expert in the history of the team.|
|2004||Nerissa Rojas receives an invitation to the distinguished Susan Polgar Invitational.
Jonathon Buchmann becomes the Florida State Champion in the Under 2000 division of the Florida State Championship (distinct from the High School Scholastic Event). He remains the only member of the team to achieve this distinction.