Checkmate: St. Peter students participate in Chess tourney
Posted on January 1, 2013
by Suzy Rook
Twenty-seven students, including three from St. Peter, participated in the
first annual 2012 Winter Break Chess Tournament hosted by South Central Service
Cooperative and Mankato Community Education/Recreation.
Students in grades K-12 from Melrose, Mankato, Northfield, St. Peter,
Shakopee and Webster competed Dec. 27 in primary, elementary, and upper
divisions based on grade levels.
The Winter Break Tournament was a Swiss-style tournament in which students
are not eliminated. SCSC and CER feel these tournaments foster a competitive
spirit without discouraging young players from continuing to play
In the morning, lessons were offered by chess instructor Brian Combs. The
afternoon was spent in tournament rounds. All players received a participation
certificate. Ribbons were also awarded to students placing first through third
in their grade level. Medals were awarded to first through fourth place primary,
elementary and upper division champions.
Students were awarded by grade level and also as division
Grade 3: Honorable Mention – Willem Nelsen, North Intermediate, St.
Grade 4: Second – Connor Snay, North Intermediate, St. Peter
Upper Division: Third (tie) – Benny Combs, North Intermediate, St. Peter
(Combs, a fifth-grader, played with sixth- to ninth-graders)