HISD elementary students compete in Swiss-style chess tournament

HISD elementary students compete in Swiss-style chess tournament
Posted on 12/10/2019
HISD elementary students compete in Swiss-style chess tournament

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An open invitational chess tournament was held at STEM Early College High School for all Harlandale ISD third through fifth grade students on Dec. 7.

A total of 38 students from eight elementary schools, including Bellaire, Carroll Bell, Columbia Heights, Schulze, Gilbert, Morrill and Stonewall Flanders, competed in the tournament.

The young participants played six rounds of a Swiss-style chess tournament to determine an overall winner.

For Harlandale Elementary Science and Social Studies Facilitator Isabel Garza, the tournament offers students a great learning experience outside of the classroom.

“The tournament is important because learning to play chess dramatically improves the ability to think rationally and develop patience and thoughtfulness,” Garza said. “The tournament was a huge success, and students began and ended every round with a handshake.”

Carroll Bell Elementary fifth-grader Robert Zavala earned first place with a record of five wins, one draw and zero losses.  Other winners, also from Carroll Bell Elementary, included Joshua Torres in second place, Justin Barrientos in third, Seth Gonzales in fourth and David Torres in fifth.

Morrill Elementary fifth-grader Liam Gamez rounded out the winners coming in sixth place with a record of four wins and two losses. The top female player was Schulze Elementary fourth- grader Christina He.

Garza also thanks the campus chess coaches who prepared students for the tournament and helped make sure the tournament ran smoothly.

A chess tournament for secondary schools will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14 at STEM Early College High School.

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