The 2018 S.W.A.T. Chess Championship
Twenty students in grades 2nd through 6th qualified for the second annual S.W.A.T. Chess Tournament. The four top players from each grade were there to compete.
Once play began, the QUE Gymnatorium became completely silent.
The students had been practicing all year for this one evening.
The winner of the 2018 S.W.A.T. Chess Tournament wins a trophy and a medal to hang around their neck, but the most important take from the evening is a whole year’s bragging rights.
Sixth-graders are especially interested in the title. It’s the last time they will play in the tournament, and they know that their underclassmen are hoping they can wake up tomorrow and say, “I beat a sixth grader in chess last night.”
Fourth grader Mindi was close as she sat at the table with sixth grader Jorian in the final match. There were no time limits, and twenty minutes into the game Jorian had her king trapped with his castle and his queen.
“Checkmate,” he said, and the two shook hands.
Congratulations and job well done to all those who earned the right to compete last night. A special nod and pat on the back to both Jorian and Mindi for their brilliant plays.