High School Students Race To Say ‘Checkmate’
Southeast Minnesota has some amazing kids and this weekend, many will be combining strategy and skill as they compete for a trophy. Lourdes High School will be hosting the 19th annual City Cup Chess Tournament on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 starting at 9 am. All of the local high schools in the Rochester area will be bringing teams of five players, as well as several students from the middle and elementary schools.
Fun Fact: Lourdes is the champ from last year and will be defending their title. These students are prepared to keep the title because they also won the 2018 Rochester Area Scholastic Chess League. (I think someone should nominate them to be the next winners of the Cool Classroom Party from Foresight Bank!)
Chuck Handlon, the Rochester Area Scholastic Chess League Secretary / Treasurer, shared some details on how the tournament will run:
The high school will have a team of five players who compete on boards ranked # 1 through 5 by ability. Players are given 60 minutes to make their moves. Teams receive one point for a win and ½ point for a tie. Winners of the semi-final will play in the championship round and losers will play in the consolation bracket.
Lourdes will play fourth-place Mayo high school and John Marshall the second place team will play third-place Century high school. In case of a draw, the team that finished the regular season higher will advance.
The Junior Varsity City Cup Tournament will also be taking place that day.
Good luck to all the students competing!
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