MHS students compete in chess tournament

The Spring Chess Tournament took place Saturday at Mankato East High School. The tournament was hosted by South Central Service Cooperative (SCSC) and Mankato Community Education/Recreation (CER). Students in grades K-12 from Lake Crystal, Lakefield, Mankato, Marshall, North Mankato, Northfield and Webster competed in primary, elementary, middle and upper divisions based on grade levels.

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.

In the Grade 9 level, Nick Doerr of Marshall High School finished in a first-place tie with Jackson Hillmann, Northfield High School, and Marty Olsen, Marshall High School. Alex Westfield of Marshall High School finished second.

Allen Christensen of Marshall High School was second in the Grade 10 division.

Doerr and Olsen finished in a four-way tie for third place in the Upper Division.

All players received a participation certificate. Ribbons were also awarded to students placing in their grade level. Medals were awarded to primary, elementary, middle, and upper division champions.