Welcome to the Seward Chess Club

Seward Montessori Chess Club

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

Did you know that the Seward Chess Club has had national championship teams and players?

That's right! 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.

  • In May 2017, the Seward Sharks chess club competed at the US Chess Scholastic Championship in Nashville, TN (Supernationals). There were over 5000 K-12 participants. Seward Sharks teammates Theo Cornell, Dinkenesh Kenrick, Malcolm Munene, Peter Scholtz and Noah Weiser competed in the K-6 U1000 section and took 9th place in the country. Noah finished as National co-champion of the U1000 section with 6.5/7.0 points in a field of 279 players!
  • 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 USCF-rated Class. Seward competed in the K-8 Championship section with 275 players and 36 teams and finished 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.


Join the Chess Club
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.
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. Visit our Club History and Highlights and Media Archive pages to learn more.
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. Thanks to past and present coaches and instructors Tim Couture, Bill Garner, Zach Adams, Don Hooker and Pete Munene for their contributions to the Seward Chess program. 

Seward Wins 1st Place Team Trophy for K-6 U1000 at the 2014 US Elementary Championships!


Seward at 2017 Supernationals with K-6 U1000 Champion Noah Weiser!


Seward Wins 2nd Place Team Trophy for K-9 U1250 at the Jr. High Championships!


Seward Coaches Tim Couture & Pete Munene and player Noah Muller at the 2015 Elementary Championships.


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.
The Chess Club would also like to thank and acknowledge our Chess Club Sponsors for their financial support to our program.