Winter Chess Tournament

Students playing chess at tablesStunts posing in rows with medalsThe negative temperatures outside did not deter from the fun day of chess hosted by South Central Service Cooperative and Mankato Community Education/Recreation Dec. 27. 

Sixteen students in grades 3-10 participated from Mankato, New Prague, Northfield, Sartell and St. Peter. The tournament was a Swiss-style tournament in which students are not eliminated. SCSC and CER feel these tournaments foster a competitive spirit without discouraging young players from continuing to play chess. Players received awards in their grade level and for overall champions.

For information about area chess tournaments or starting a chess club in your school or community, please contact Mary Hillmann: mhillmann@mnscsc.org or Melanie Schmidt: mschmi3@isd77.k12.mn.us.

Congratulations to the students that participated! 

Students were awarded by grade level and also as overall champions:

Grade 3:
1st – David Barke, Franklin Elementary, Mankato 

Grade 4:
1st – Gabriel Podratz, Falcon Ridge, New Prague 
2nd (tie) – Kaushal Ramani, Loyola, Mankato
2nd (tie) – Taylor O’Malley, Washington Elementary, Mankato
2nd (tie) – Edward Engen, Washington Elementary, Mankato


Grade 5:
1st – Luke Banks, North Intermediate, St. Peter
2nd (tie) – Isaiah Podratz, Falcon Ridge, New Prague
2nd (tie) – Ashley Pipes, Hoover Elementary, Mankato
2nd (tie) – Nicholas Mansfield, Sartell Middle School

Grade 6: 
1st – Tad Wrage, Prairie Winds Middle School, Mankato
2nd – Isabel Podratz, New Prague Middle School

Grade 7:
1st – Anthony Sletta, Madelia Secondary

Grade 8: 
1st – Peter Hillmann, Northfield Middle School
2nd – Josiah Malone, Dakota Meadows Middle School, Mankato
2nd – Trace Wrage, Prairie Winds Middle School, Mankato

Grade 10:
1st – Malachy Bloom, East High School, Mankato

Overall Champions:
1st – Luke Banks, North Intermediate, St. Peter
2nd (tie) – Peter Hillmann, Northfield Middle School
2nd (tie) – Malachy Bloom, Mankato East High School