Star Chess4Life Chess Teams
A major focus of Chess4Life is on our teams. Their performance provides an accurate measurement of the quality of our coaching. Take a look below at a few of our teams and the success they have experienced.
Stevenson Chess Team wins big at 'National Event'
The Seattle Times Article...
This year the United States Chess Federation (USCF) held the National Elementary School Chess Championships in Denver and Lowell Elementary sent a team of two: Adam Ellner (4th grade) and Eddie Strong (5th grade). This was Adam™s first Nationals and Eddie™s third. Both had high hopes especially for the Bughouse Tournament in which they excel as a team. We arrived in Denver a day early and Adam and Eddie immediately set up their chess boards on the marble lobby floor. There they played Bughouse against all comers and held court from Wednesday through Sunday. It was a great scene as vanloads of chess teams passed through the lobby, especially from New York and Texas who sent the most kids. Arizona and Washington were close behind in the number of entrants. The diversity was tremendous with seemingly equal numbers of African-American, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, Asian and Caucasian kids as well as quite a few Native-Americans from Arizona. I kept waiting for the documentary film crew to arrive to film this amazing true American spectacle.
So there we were Thursday night as a huge team from Manhattan (Public School 139) entered the Lobby. Adam and Eddie were quickly surrounded by fifty kids waiting to take them on. They played for two hours. Adam and Eddie kept winning. Finally, one of the New York City coaches had enough watching his kids go down. He said, śI™ve got to play those guys. They™re tough.ť He and a student went at Adam and Eddie and promptly lost four out of five games. It was raucous. It was loud. It was New York and Seattle. The kids were having the time of their life and this was playing just for fun!
St. Louise Team
The St. Louise Team took 15th at State (grades 4-6), only their 2nd year having a chess team!
They had 2 players attend state last year and 10 this year!
Karen Marcjan on the team is the 2006 WA State Girls Under-20 n champion, representing WA in the Polgar Tournament for Girls State Champions held concurrently with the US Open Championships.
Lakeside Elementary School 2006
Lakeside takes 3rd place at Nationals!