Twenty Canterbury students qualified for the individual SCI State Championship last weekend in Indianapolis, an impressive feat that has taken practice and dedication to achieve.
"Just being a qualifier for the State Individual is very challenging in some of the divisions, as you must first do well in a regional qualifier just to receive an invite," said Canterbury Chess Coach James Dean. "As always, there are ups and downs during the tournament, but to have 20 students who competed well there, it was great."
Ages of Canterbury players ranged from Grade 1 and under, all the way up to high school, spanning seven different divisions at the state tournament. Dean said it's fun and rewarding to see the students test themselves in competition and improve throughout the year.
"It takes a lot of courage and resiliency to compete in an individual activity at such a young age," he said. "I believe our students benefit from these experiences a great deal."
The Canterbury Chess Team will head to team Regionals and Team State in February and March. Dean is also confident that some of our Canterbury players will compete at national events in April and May.
"We are excited for the Regional and State Team Championship Tournaments!" he said.
Congratulations to all of our competing chess players!
SCI State Championship Results
1st Grade and Under:
Harvey Hanke 3rd
Betsy Bolt 5th
Miles Boom. 11th
Vikas Rajaram 20th