The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Vyom Vidyarthi (10) sits behind the king and queen chess pieces at the large chessboard behind Dobbins Hall. His current standard rating stands at 2426.

Apex: Promoting to final rank

by Grant Yang and Lindsey Tuckey January 23, 2023

King to E6, and the game ends. The enemy’s lone rook, stranded on the last rank, can no longer defend against the threat of the pawn promoting to a queen, and Vyom Vidyarthi (10) claims victory as his...

An illustration representing an online chess match. Online chess site released a 72-page report on Oct. 4 accusing Chess Grandmaster Hans Niemann of unfair play in over 100 online chess games in his career.

Shattering the integrity of a centuries-old sport

by Edward Huang and Felix Chen November 7, 2022

In a sport where players take their focus and concentration to their limits, where games between professionals often last for hours on end, even a single misstep could make the difference between victory...

Chess master Beth Harmon concentrates over a chess board of pieces and pills. Netflix limited series The Queens Gambit broke numerous viewership records and won 11 Emmy awards.

“The Queen’s Gambit” television show breaks records, blending glamour with genius

by Sally Zhu, A&E and Lifestyle Editor October 17, 2021

When Netflix’s original series “The Queen’s Gambit” launched on Oct. 23, 2020, I didn’t watch the show right away. Over the following weeks, the cover image of a young woman with bright orange...

Quarantined by an unfortunate pandemic, Harker students have turned to new and surprising hobbies to quash their frequent boredom. Among these new hobbies is chess, a well known board game that originated nearly 1500 years ago in India.

Across the virtual board

by Muthu Panchanatham, Co-Sports Editor October 17, 2020

Black and white pieces dance across the digital board at the direction of two unseen players, attacking and defending in complex maneuvers. The junior class watches through Zoom as a white knight jumps...

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