Middle and high school students compete in chess tournament

The second annual Middle and High School Divisional Chess Tournament took place at McCollum High School on March 22.

Nineteen students from sixth through eighth grade competed against each other in the Middle School Division. Seven students were from Terrell Wells, five from Harlandale Middle, four from Kingsborough and three from Leal.

Twelve students from ninth to 12th grade competed against each other in the High School Division. Five students were from McCollum, four from STEM and three from Harlandale High.

Each division consisted of a six round Swiss-style chess tournament in the main gym of McCollum High
School, and each division was competing for first, second and third place medals.

Each campus also had chess sponsors to assist on the tournament floor, who have spent the entire school year getting their students ready for the big day. The sponsors were Raul Villegas from Terrell Wells MS, Mark Jabs from Harlandale MS, Jesse Quintero from Kingsborough MS, Robert Grann from Leal MS, Billy Logwood from HHS, Mark Elmer from STEM ECHS and Edmundo Garza from McCollum HS.

Congratulations to all the student participants and winners!

Middle School Division:

Harlandale MS seventh-grader Rudy Ochoa-Mejia came earned third place with four wins and two losses (4 points).

Terrell Wells MS eighth-grader Marisa Valenzuela came in second place with four wins, one draw and one loss (4.5 points).

Terrell Wells MS eighth-grader Serenity Anne Fenwick won first place with six wins and zero losses (6 points).

High School Division:

McCollum ninth-grader Matthew Stovall earned third place with four wins and two losses (4 points).

McCollum 10th-grader David Resendiz came in second place with four wins and two losses (4 points). David and Matthew tied for second place with 4 points each; however, David won based on tiebreak points.

Harlandale HS 11th grader Johnathan Guerra won first place with six wins and zero losses (6 points).

Terrell Wells MS’s team won first place in the Middle School Division with 18 points.

Team scores are composed of the total points of the four top-finishing players of the team.

The team from Terrell Wells consisted of Serenity Anne Fenwick with 6 points, Marisa Valenzuela with 4.5 points, Adolfo Martinez with 4 points and Dramell Lamar with 3.5 points.

McCollum HS’s team won first place in the High School Division with 14.5 points.

The team from McCollum HS consisted of David Resendiz with 4 points, Matthew Stovall with 4 points, Jacob Ramoz with 3.5 points and John David Martinez with 3 points.

Once the awards were given to the top three overall winners, the stage was set for the overall championship match between first places in each division.

Serenity Anne Fenwick was playing the white pieces against Johnathan Guerra playing black. The match was intense throughout the entire game, and the winner of the overall championship game was Johnathan with the black pieces.

All players and chess coaches look forward to next district chess tournament in May where students from sixth through 12th grade will be competing in the third annual Secondary School Chess Tournament on May 17.

A big thank you to Principal Jacob Garcia and the staff of McCollum HS for hosting the tournament.


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