BY: CAMRYN HILL
Several elementary, middle school, and high school students from across the district competed in the virtual Texas Scholastic Chess Championships.
Students competed in teams based on grade level. While some teams participated from their home campuses others competed from home.
“This event was a learning experience for us,” District Chess Coordinator Jeanne Jimenez said. “During our zoom, we had all the chess sponsors logged on throughout the duration of the tournament. We were able to share information or any issues we experienced during the tournament itself. That chatroom gave us a small sense of normalcy since we haven’t been all together much of the year.”
This year’s chess season is coming to an end, but plans for the summer are underway.
“We will be able to have our players come face-to-face again for the first time all year to play on the boards and work with our consultants to refine their skills and learn new tactics,” Jimenez said. “We hope to go back to having our normal face-to-face tournaments soon if not we will continue to look for virtual opportunities for the program to participate in. I am beyond thankful for the staff I work with in our chess program, and the students and parents who have embraced the new normal and have been flexible as we’ve learned to navigate chess virtually.”
Results from the Texas Scholastic Chess Championships are listed below:
Bonham Elementary: K-3 Champ 4th Place, K-3JV 6th Place
Houston: K-3 Champ 7th Place, K-3JV 3rd Place
Treasure Hills: K-3 Champ 10th Place, K-5 Champ 21st Place
Long: K-5 Champ 11th Place
Stuart Place: K-3JV 7th Place
Olivia De Los Santos
Sophia De Los Santos
Coakley: 6-8 Champ 5th Place
Vernon: 6-8 Champ 23rd Place
Aaron Del Rio
Cano: 9-12 Champ 10th Place
ECHS: 9-12 Champ 15th Place
HSHP:6-8 Champ 19th Place, 9-12th Champ 4th Place
South: 9-12 Champ 13th Place