Press Release - GSSM Students Win State Chess Tournament

March 11, 2020

South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Math Students Win State Chess Tournament

Hartsville, SC – Seven students from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) won the state championship at the South Carolina Chess Association’s State Scholastic Chess Tournament in Greenville on February 29, 2020.

One hundred eighty-nine young future Masters and their families came together at University Ridge on Saturday in Greenville to hunt Kings, double Rooks, promote many pawns, and to generally get their passant en.

The field of 36 high-school players contested the five-round tournament. GSSM’s winning score of 12.0 surpassed longtime rival D. W. Daniel High School, who finished second with 11.5.

This year’s chess team consisted of Katherine Brennan of Charleston county, Anavami Isa of Orangeburg county, Anish Kanthamneni of York county, Connor Miles of Kershaw county, Breckin Muzzy of Dorchester county, Patricio Ortiz of Greenville county, and Theo Pedapelu of Orangeburg county.

 The winning score was based on the top four combined scores of the GSSM Chess Team. This year the four team members were seniors Theo Pedapolu, Connor Miles, Breckin Muzzy, and junior Anavami Isa.

“I am proud of our students for both their skill and their good sportsmanship whatever the outcome,” said Dr. Clyde Smith, GSSM retired physics instructor and advisor of the Chess Team. “Daniel High has been a state chess power for many years now.”

This competition marked the fifteenth time GSSM has won the S.C. State Scholastic Chess Tournament since 1993.


Founded in 1988, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics is a nationally recognized school serving over four hundred of the state's most accomplished STEM students in the 10th through 12th grades through its residential and virtual programs. GSSM offers college-level courses and experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at its campus in Hartsville. The school also delivers virtual curricula in engineering and STEM disciplines to students in partner school districts throughout the state. GSSM’s dynamic outreach programs, including science summer camps and teacher training, impact over 5,000 K-12 students every year. Learn more by visiting

Pictured above: Left to right: Breckin Muzzy, Patricio Ortiz, Katherine Brennan, Connor Miles, Anavami Isa, Theo Pedapolu, and Anish Kanthamne at the South Carolina Chess Association’s State Scholastic Chess Tournament.

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