Friday, March 31, 2017
Announcing the final checkmate of the weekend, Allan Ward took his opponent’s king and was crowned state champion of his board at the Wisconsin State Chess Championships in March. Teammate Ivan Reyes came away as runner-up after playing the final round of his board.
Both Allan and Ivan are students at Washington High School. The team of ten traveled to the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh to compete at the state tournament accompanied by coaches Micheal Moore and Ethan Littel.
More than 400 students competed in the tournament, with students divided into boards of 32 competitors. All the students played five games of about two and a half hours each for a total of 12 hours of chess over the two-day competition.
The game of chess is shown to benefit players by improving concentration, memory, problem solving, critical analysis and creativity. Intellectual activities such as the chess club are part of the district’s Eight Big Ideas: Educate the Whole Child strategy to promote student achievement.