Fall Chess Tournament

Students at table with chess boards, reaching across table to shake handsSouth Central Service Cooperative  and Mankato Community Education/Recreation  partnered Nov. 3 to offer the Fall Chess Tournament at Dakota Meadows Middle School to students from across south central Minnesota. 

Fourteen students in grades 1–9 participated. The tournament was a Swiss-style tournament in which students are not eliminated. SCSC and CER feel these tournaments foster a competitive spirit without discouraging young players from continuing to play chess. All players enjoyed a pizza lunch and received awards to top students in their grade level and overall champions.

For information about area chess tournaments or starting a chess club in your school or community, please contact Mary Hillmann or Melanie Schmidt.

Congratulations to the students that participated! 

Students were awarded by grade level and also as overall champions:
Grade 1: 
Hrithvik Kethireddy, Hoover Elementary, Mankato

Grade 2:
Carter Milbrath, Immanuel Lutheran, Lakefield
Sam Haggerty, Roosevelt Elementary, Mankato

Grade 3:
Nived Kethireddy, Hoover Elementary, Mankato

Grade 4:
Kyler Link, North Intermediate, St. Peter
Ella Haggerty, Roosevelt Elementary, Mankato

Grade 5:
Mathias Barents, Mount Olive Lutheran School, Mankato
Cyrus Fremo, St. Peter Middle School, St. Peter
Mateo Englehorn, Monroe Elementary, Mankato

Grade 6:
Aiden Mock, Dakota Meadows Middle School, Mankato
Julio Zempoaltecatl, Dakota Meadows Middle School, Mankato
Luke Haggerty, Dakota Meadows Middle School, Mankato

Grade 7:
Luke Pollema, Prairie Winds Middle School, Mankato

Grade 9:
Joseph Mueller, Mankato East High School, Mankato

Overall Champions:
1st place – Mathias Barents, Mount Olive Lutheran School, Mankato
2nd place – Aiden Mock, Dakota Meadows Middle School, Mankato
3rd place – Nived Kethireddy, Hoover Elementary, Mankato