Chess Success!


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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