Rochester triumph at New York State Chess Championship

September 05, 2018 12:53 AM

RIT student Lev Paciorkowski claimed the 140th Annual New York State Chess Championship over Labor Day weekend after six intense matches in Albany. 
Paciorkowski, 18, learned the game at the age of five from his father and started to play competitively at around 12 years old. After his family moved to Rochester, Paciorkowski continued to play tournament chess in the Rochester Interscholastic Chess League at Brighton High School. 

Paciorkowski describes himself as a cautious player, seeking that delicate balance between risk and strategic advantage. 

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Some of the matches lasted up to four hours, leaving Paciorkowski mentally exhausted. 

The last Rochester chess player to claim this title was Ken Rogoff in 1972. Rogoff, an alumnus of East High School, went on to become an International Grandmaster of the game and is now a professor of public policy and economics at Harvard University.


Tim Hansen

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