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.

The students who qualified for the 2018 SWAT Chess Tournament pose for a photo.

Once play began, the QUE Gymnatorium became completely silent.

Two players compete in the 2018 SWAT Chess Tournament.

The students had been practicing all year for this one evening.

SWAT Chess Tournament matches take place in the QUE Gymnatorium.

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.

Students compete in the quarter finals of the 2018 SWAT Chess Tournament.

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.”

Chess players shake hands after a hard fought championship match.

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.

Jorian and Mindi shake hands after the championship match.

“Checkmate,” he said, and the two shook hands.

The winners of the 2018 SWAT Chess Tournament pose for a photo.

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.