Did you know that Seward Montessori has a national championship team?
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.
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.
The Seward chess club sent two teams to the 2015 National Elementary and 2015 Junior High Chess Championships where they finished 7th in the K-6 U1000 section and 2nd in the K-9 U1250 section.
Seward Sharks Chess Club sent six middle-schoolers to the Jr. High Chess Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 14-18, 2016. Seward teammates were: Masango Akale, Sam Kendrick, Noah Muller, Nelson Munene, Marshall Urban, and Tiger Worku. Coaches were Zach Adams and Pete Munene. Seward competed in the K-9 Blitz Tournament and placed 11th as a team. Noah Muller received a trophy for 2nd highest Blitz score in his USCFrated Class.
Seward competed in the K-8 Championship section with 275 players and 36 teams (a team consists of 2 or more players; only the top 4 player's scores are used for the team score). Many of the best scholastic players in the country were in attendance and Seward held it's own finishing as the 12th place team. Tiger and Sam each finished with 4.5/7 and Sam also earned an individual trophy for 2nd best score for a player in his rating Class.
Congratulation to all our players and best wishes for our 8th-graders as they move on to high school!
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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
Chess teaches planning and foresight and exercises the part of the brain responsible for judgment and self-control. Learn more about the benefits of chess.
The Seward Montessori Chess Club will be offering instruction at the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Levels for the 2016-17 school year. All students who play chess at Seward are part of the Chess Club! Formal chess club meetings will begin in September. Contact us now if you would like to participate during the school year.
Questions? Contact Pete Munene at email@example.com.
The Seward Chess Club mourns the loss of coach Zach Adams:
Adams, Zachary 24, Minneapolis. A chess player, baseball fanatic, and amazing young man, he passed away in an auto accident at too young an age. Zach had a tremendous impact on hundreds of friends and family. His personality was radiant with care for others, goofiness, kindness, and a strong sense of his family that included his wonderful friends. He was a born teacher and had just completed a Math degree and further training at the University of Minnesota to become a junior high math teacher.
He taught chess in camps and schools and had achieved chess master status as a player. He was passionate about baseball and devoured any and all details about players and teams, especially the Twins. His greatest love was his family and wide network of friends, who were like family to him. The world has lost a great person. We intend to pay forward his love of life. Memorials preferred to People Serving People.
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2309 28th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55406
Telephone: 612.668.4950 | Fax: 612.668.4960