19 things to celebrate from 2019: No. 10 – Vincent Do dominates again

Auburn junior Vincent Do is simply the best high school chess player this area has ever seen.

For the second straight year, Do dominated everyone he played at the IHSA state chess meet, going a perfect 7-0. He was one of just two players out of 125 to go undefeated on the state’s top chess board.

Do, who is ranked No. 170 in the United States for players age 18-and-under by chess-db.com, faced tougher competition than the other undefeated player, Felix Jahn of Joliet West. But the state decided not to release individual rankings because organizers felt it was taking attention away from the team championships.

That’s too bad because Do deserves a lot more attention. Do helped re-establish Auburn’s chess club and he’s a perfect 14-0 in two state meets. The senior is a virtual lock to break Zack Beach’s record for IHSA state meet wins on Board 1.┬áBeach competed in four IHSA meets for Auburn from 2002-2005, going 19-8-1.

Posted on 12.31.19