4 Signal Mountain School Chess Teams Advance To State

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Five Scholastic Chess teams from three Signal Mountain schools went to a regional tournament, and all five came home with trophies.  Better yet, four are now headed to the state Scholastic Chess Team Tournament at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville later this month.

Nolan and Thrasher elementary schools and Signal Mountain Middle School sponsored teams in the Scholastic Regional Chess Team Tournament held on Saturday in Cleveland.  Two teams swept their divisions.

Nolan’s team comprised of students in grades second and third placed first in the Primary division and had a perfect score of 3-0. Members are Nicholas Barrett, Oliver Nimon, Hinton Stefaniuk, Adrian Andreescu, and Owen McDaniel.

Thrasher’s team placed second in the Primary division, losing only to Nolan. Members are Yugi Steele, J.J. Massey, Erol House and Alex Williams.

Another team composed of sixth graders at Signal Mountain Middle School placed first in the Elementary division, which is for students in grades fourth through sixth. Members of that team are Jacob Gravett, Hannah Massey, John Barrett and Rust Shome. They won in an exciting sudden-death playoff.

Another team, composed of fourth and fifth graders at Thrasher placed third in the Elementary Division and will also be competing at the state tourament. Members are Ian Campbell, Masaki Steele, William Baker, Maxwell Seidell, and Vito Knop.

Nolan’s team of fourth and fifth graders finished fifth in the elementary just missing a chance to go to State this year, since only the Top 4 teams can go. Members of that team were Walker Hubbard, Janie Kennady, Victor Mehovic, Niklas Gues, and Clark Bandy.

Bill Cheal, Joe Kodsi, and Ross Rogers volunteer their time coaching students involved in the Scholastic Chess clubs at the Signal Mountain public schools. They also meet at the Signal Mountain Public Library from 6:30-8 p.m. each Monday to offer further instruction and practice to students and the general public.



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