Rochester, Minnesota – Chess players of all skill levels put their skills to the test in today’s City Cup tournament. It is part of the entire school chess season 2022.
Students from elementary school to high school competed in this chess tournament on Saturday. More than 30 students attended the event, including Sam Blocksome, who was crowned the winner of one of the games.
“It was a good game and I feel like I really won it in the final,” says Blocksome.
Other players, including Ryder Selnes, have been playing the game since kindergarten and are still acquiring new skills with every game.
“I like chess because it’s fun and it expands my knowledge,” explains Selnes.
“The players range from varsity to junior varsity and take turns, which is a level not as competitive as the others. Although it is a competition, the tournament is designed to improve each student’s mental abilities.
“It also improves critical thinking and social skills,” the Rochester Area Scholastic Chess school secretary tells KIMT News 3. “We’re here to have fun, so make your move.”
The season is not over yet. Next month, teams from Lourdes, Byron, Century and Mayo High School will compete in the state tournament.
The state tournament will conclude the entire 2022 school chess season. It takes place from March 12th to 13th.