On March 8th, for the first time, all eight elementary schools participated year in the annual District #97 Chess Tournament. An inexperienced Holmes Chess Team, led by its four 5th graders, finished a close 3rd place--in perhaps the closest tournament ever! This year’s group of Holmes students worked extremely hard to continue the tradition of finishing in third place or better in every year of Holmes’ participation in the Tournament! It was a wonderful achievement for their level of experience as Holmes had only 3 players out of 14 with one year’s prior experience in the Tournament. The members of the team were Quinn Fleming (5th), Henry Schacht (2nd), Nicholas Amstutz (3rd), Luka Lisnic (4th), Dante Berry (4th), Pablo Gonzalez (3rd), Deven Shortt (4th), Owen Arnold (5th), Mani Rezai (5th), Ben Engelhardt (3rd), Shaw Molina (4th), Stellan Karim (5th), Nicholas Henry (3rd), and Harrison Dear (4th). Our four 5th graders, led the way with 23 points out of a possible 24 points! Two 4th graders, Deven Shortt and Harrison Dear, won all 3 of their games in the Tournament, as well. It was an awesome team achievement that reflects very well on everyone’s hard work, perseverance, and commitment to grow and learn. We also had others in our Club who worked hard, persevered, and developed their skills to challenge those who made the Tournament Team. It was a group effort by everyone in the Chess Club. Most of all, I believe it has been an interesting and fun experience for the Chess Club members. It was a pleasure seeing them grow their chess skills, but more importantly, to see them growing and developing as respectful participants in so many ways as people.
Advanced Chess Coach