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Seward Chess Club - 1st Place 2014 Statewide Championship (K-6)

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.

Thanks to current coaches and instructors Tim Couture, Bill Garner, Jodi Stee and Don Hooker for their contributions to the Seward Chess program.
 
Support Chess at Seward
 
Seward Chess Club parents and students participate in fundraising activities to pay for coaching, tournament fees and equipment. We have sold Chinook Books, candy bars and t-shirts and have other fundraisers throughout the year. Please consider donating to support our club members and to help us make chess more accessible to the Seward Montessori community.
 
Parents and educators around the world acknowledge that chess is a powerful tool for developing higher order thinking skills, creativity, numerical and verbal aptitudes, and memory. It's also a lot of fun and great to be part of a club. Learn more about why kids should play chess.
 
Join the Chess Club
 
The Seward Chess Club welcomes everyone--whether you're already playing chess at home or have never played the game. If your family is interested in participating in chess at Seward and would like to know more, please contact us at sewardchess@gmail.com and one of our Seward Chess Club parents will get in touch with you. 
 
The Seward Chess Club is always looking for experienced and dedicated coaches and mentors to work with our Chess Club students and families. Contact us if you're interested in volunteering your time.