The First Lutheran School Chess Club had students participate in the Kindergarten, second grade, third grade, fifth grade, sixth grade and eighth grade sections at the 17th Annual Albert Rine Memorial Oklahoma State Grade Chess Championship in Tulsa Nov. 12.
This tournament was unique in the way that all sections were grade levels rather than based on rating. Kindergarteners played kindergarteners, first graders played first graders and so on. There were more than 200 children from all over the state competing in the State Grade Chess Championship.
A Kindergarten student at First Lutheran School, William Vaughan, secured a solid second place win with 4.0 out of 5.0 possible points. Wesley Vaughan, a second grade First Lutheran School student, finished the day with 2.5 points.
Third grade Roosevelt Elementary School student Colter Wilson medaled with 3.0 points and ranked seventh place in his section. Kyle King, fifth grade First Lutheran School student, ended the day with 2.0 points.
A sixth grade student at West Middle School, Cason Wilson, took home fourth place in his section with 3.0 points. Catheryne Martin, an eighth grade student at East Middle School, was awarded second place in her section with 4.0 points.
The FLS Chess Club is open to all students in Ponca City, first grade through 12th, and currently has 20 active members from eight different schools.
The FLS Chess Club meets weekly on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., come and go, in the First Lutheran School Early Childhood Education building that also houses the school gym. You’ll park on Liberty along the south side of the building and enter through the doors that are directly east of the playground. All skill levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced.
The mission of the First Lutheran School Chess Club is to develop and improve chess skills in a supportive environment, to encourage each student to their full potential, and to nurture specific chess-related skills including strategic thinking, problem solving and self-confidence, and to promote the value of chess throughout the community.
Students are required to submit a one-time $35 membership fee. The fee helps cover the cost of supplies for the club as well as the student’s own scorebook. Membership is required to participate; however, there are limited scholarships available if needed. Please contact Jennifer Vaughan, FLS Chess Club Founder and Coordinator, at 580-716-1931 or email [email protected] with any questions, to receive the necessary sign-up form for students, or to volunteer to assist with the club.