Students compete at chess tournamentPublished 6:07pm Saturday, May 25, 2013
Albert Lea students participated in a chess tournament on April 27. Hosted by the Albert Lea Family Y and sponsored by the Albert Lea School District Chess Clubs, this event gave players an opportunity to compete and play several games of chess. Rachael Holcomb was the trophy and gold medal winner in first place. Kristian Anderson was in second place for the silver medal and Carson Knutson and Chase Zak tied for the third place bronze medals. Seth Peterson, a visitor from Hayfield, and Anderson earned the sportsmanship awards. Prizes were donated by Dairy Queen on South Broadway, McDonalds on Main and Tom Sorenson at Americana Insurance.
Chess is a thinking game that increases capacity to analyze and solve problems. The game helps build determination, patience and self-confidence in players. Chess clubs have been meeting weekly during the school year to play the game, acquire and strengthen strategies and improve skills. Albert Lea High School, Southwest Middle School, Halverson Elementary, Hawthorne Elementary, Lakeview Elementary and Sibley Elementary students have enjoyed the opportunity to participate in their chess clubs.
The support of students, parents, chess coaches and community organizations is appreciated as the students continue to cultivate their chess skills.