Congratulations to the Stevens Chess Team, which made a big splash in
its inaugural appearance at the annual State Elementary Chess Championships, including a 6th-place team finish in the Kindergarten Division. The event, held at the Smith Cove Cruise Ship Terminal
in April attracted1,200 of Washington’s sharpest chess players!
Kindergartners Walter Barr and Griffin O’Connor were nearly perfect
in earning the 6th place team trophy in their division. Individually
Walter was 3rd (4 wins and a draw in his 5 games) and Griffin 6th (4 wins).
Robert Baerveldt earned 2.5 points (2 wins and a draw), with his
losses coming to two players ranked in the top ten of the Grade 1 Division.
In the Grade 3 Division, Owen Bingham, Aaron Bossett and Ivan Guitor
each took home trophies for picking up 3 points. Along with Ana
Reppart (1 point), they faced and beat players with higher national
ratings. Schmitz Park ES’s Pixie Higgins (daughter of the team’s
guiding spirit, Ms. Britt) also won 3 games.
The team’s lone 4th-grade entrant, Zac Meyer, started strongly with a
draw and a win, but was then matched against far more experienced
competition. Despite ending with 1.5 points, he bumped up his national rating.
Big thanks to the Stevens instructor/coaches: Ethan Goldman-Quiest
and Bo Cao, who provided extra inspiration and advice at the tournament.
Chess at Stevens is a club-style activity on Thursday afternoons.
Featuring instructors from the Chessmates Foundation, it requires
enrollment through the PTA After-School Enrichment Program. Players are grouped by level (beginner to … future world champion!).
Families interested in receiving advance info about next year’s
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