Check-ing in with chess club

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Check-ing in with chess club

Isabella Borcky, Staff Writer

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This year, there are over 50 people that come to chess club. There are 14 different high school students and 21 junior high students. At state last year, Thad Bergschneider won state champion. Mr. Moses, when discussing their prospects for this year, said, “I think we’re gonna kick butt.” He is not scared for his team but is a little worried for the 6th grade team because it is their first big match.

Mr. Moses said the most improved high school student is Kim Franklin, while the best player overall is Jared Miller. For 8th grade, Thad Bergschneider is the top player with Cole Delaney right behind him. Mitchel Tapscott, a 7th grade chess player, showed his talent at the state chess meet this year by becoming the new 2019 state champion for his grade.

This year was the first year they took 5th grade chess players on their state trip. All in all, there were 21 students that attended state on February 22–3 fifth graders, 5 sixth graders, 6 seventh graders, 7 eighth graders. The results for the 2019 state matches are as follows:

  • 6th grade – 14th place overall
  • 7th grade – 3rd place overall
  • 8th grade – 6th place overall
  • Mitchel Tapscott (7) – State Champion
  • Thaddeus Bergschneider (8), Cole Delaney (8), Isaac Carter (8), and Trevor Colwell (7) – Bronze Medals

“Chess has been recognized as a builder of strong intellects…[It also] improves academic performance through improving the cognitive abilities, rational thinking, and reasoning…Chess also brings out latent abilities that have not been reached by traditional educational means. It promotes logical thinking, instills a sense of self-confidence and self-worth, and improves communication and pattern recognition skills. It teaches the values of hard work, concentration, objectivity, and commitment” (Veldman).


Works Cited

Veldman, Josh. “Chess Improves Academic Performance.” Chesshouse, Accessed 26 February 2019.