Did you know that Seward Montessori has a national championship team?
Seward Wins 1st Place Team Trophy for K-6 U1000 at the 2014 US Elementary Championships!
That's right! The Seward Montessori Sharks Chess Club sent six students to Dallas, TX from May 8-12, 2014 to particpate in "Nationals," or the US Elementary Chess Championship. As the crown of a great chess season, Seward's K-6 U1000 team of Noah Muller, Nelson Munene, Marshall Urban and Tiger Worku beat out 34 other teams to win the title. In a field of 238 players, Noah finished 131st, Tiger 22nd and Marshall and Nelson finished 6th and 7th respectively. Soren Kung and Malcolm Munene earned 4.0 and 3.0 points respectively in their sections. Congratulations to all our students in the Seward Sharks Chess Club!
The Shark's win in Dallas follows on team wins at both elementary state championship chess tournaments this spring.
Seward Montessori defended its 2013 title against 32 other teams and placed first in the 2014 SCA Statewide Primary/Elementary Championship (K-6). Congratulations to Seward and to Capital Hill in St. Paul who were also declared co-champions based on points. Seward was also eligible to send players Malcolm Munene, Masango Akala, and Marshall Urban on to the Primary and Elementary Tournament of Champions--a tournament of the top 16 primary and top 16 elementary finishers at the state tournament. Winning the K-6 title two years in a row is an impressive feat! At the April 5, 2014 Tournament of Champions, Malcolm Munene finished 13th in K-3 and Masango Akale finished 11th in K-6.
On March 30, 2014, The Seward Montessori Sharks Chess Club took the first place K-6 team trophy at the 2014 MSCA State Scholastic Championships held March 29-30, 2014.
Team members were sixth-graders Masango Akale, Nelson Munene, Marshall Urban and Tiger Worku. Nelson Munene also finished 8th amongst all K-6 competitors.
Seward also won the 2nd place team trophy for the K-3 division with first-grader Malcolm Munene and second-grader Anderson Beck finishing 6th and 9th place respectively among all K-3 competitors.
Seward students have had a successful 2013-14 season, winning numerous individual and team trophies. The Seward Montessori Chess Club has been in existence and successful since the late 1990s and has sent winning teams to various local, state and national tournaments. These students have worked very hard over the years to develop their skills and improve their play.
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"Chess has the ability to light a fire in a child's imagination. Once you do that, you have the most powerful force in the world."
— Maurice Ashley
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The Seward Montessori Chess Club will be offering instruction at the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Levels. All students who play chess at Seward are part of the Chess Club and will receive a chess club t-shirt! Unfortunately, there will not be a Girls Only group this Fall.
Beginner/Intermediate: For students with little to no experience playing chess to those who would like to play chess regularly and attend the occasional tournament. Mondays after school, 2:00 - 4:15pm. Register through Seward Community Education. FULL for Fall session. Contact us to get on the waitlist for Winter classes. Instructor: Pete Munene
Intermediate: Openings available. This class runs Nov 5th - May 6, 2015, and ONLY RUNS 2-3:15pm. Students MUST BE PICKED UP AT 3:15); $85/year. Instructor: Bill Garner. Register through Seward Community Education.
Advanced: Openings available.For students who plan to attend 5 or more chess tournaments during the year. Thursdays, 2:00 - 4:15pm. 20 sessions beginning October 23, 2014. Instructor: Dan Quach. Contact Pete at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register.
Intermediate/Advanced: Openings available.For students who plan to attend chess tournaments. FREE. Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:00pm, Matthews Park Center, beginning October 7, 2014. Instructor: Tim Couture. Contact Pete at email@example.com for more information and to register.
The current Seward Tournament Team has been very successful including participation in the 2014 SCA Tournament of Champions.
To learn more about the program or volunteer your time contact Pete Munene, Seward Chess Club Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
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