Your Pictures: Rochester chess players compete at state
On Tuesday, the Rochester School Board recognized the students who were successful at the state chess tournament.
Nhi Huynh, a sixth-grader at Willow Creek Middle School, placed as the top sixth-grader in the junior high division, out of 120 students, and the top female in the junior high division. Her coach is Jim Huerter, a paraprofessional at the Newcomer Center.
Zach Larsen a ninth-grader at Lourdes High School.
Tanner Firl, a senior at Century High School, finished sixth out of 23 schools in the senior high school division, missing a fifth-place trophy by just one point.
Josh Anes Dy Quiangco is a seventh-grader at John Adams Middle School, which was the top middle school out of about 15 schools in the junior high school division.
Gregory Nathan is a sophomore at Century High School.
Henry Newshutz, left, is a junior at Century High School. He is playing Mikael Paulik, a sophomore at Lourdes High School. To Henry's left is Century sophomore Cheenar Banerjee.
Ben Bosch, a senior at Century High School, placed 18th out of more than 120 players in the senior division and won a trophy.
When all rounds were done, Century found itself one point short of a fifth-place trophy at the 2011 Minnesota Chess Association scholastic state chess tournament. The Century Chess Club was led by senior co-captains Tanner Firl and Ben Bosch, who each went 4-2, contributing more than half of the 14.5 points Century captured. The Century team had the highest finish of all Rochester schools.
The tournament was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Minneapolis on April 9 and 10. Eight members of the Century Chess Club competed. Other finishers were Enoch Tan (3.5 points), Cheenar Banerjee (3.0), Rory Li (3.0), Josh Halverson (3.0), Gregory Nathan (2.0) and Henry Newschutz (2.0). Final standings and individual placement may be found at www.minnesotachess.org/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?325.
Most of the players on the team will return next year. The senior high school nationals will be held in Minneapolis next spring.