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Saint Joseph Grade School
216 North Hill Street
South Bend, Indiana 46617
(574) 234-0451


Saint Joseph Grade School Chess Club

The SJGS Chess Club, an official affiliate of the U.S. Chess Federation (USCF), is open to students in grades 1-8, from beginners to expert players. Participants learn and practice strategies of chess in preparation for tournament play. After a hiatus of several years, the club reorganized in spring 2013 with much success!

The club holds two seasons per year, in the fall and winter, each including participation in a Scholastic Chess of Indiana (SCI) tournament. Participants are encouraged to continue practicing at home or with friends out of season, and even participate in additional tournaments.

Fall 2016 Season
The Winter 2016 Season will run September 19 - December 9, meeting most Fridays after school in the Ackles Center. The club will once again attend the State Grade Level Individual Championships in Fort Wayne on November 5. Chess Club fees ($10) and tournament fees will be collected through FACTS. 

See the 2016 Fall Season flyer for more info.

Winter 2016 Season
The Winter 2016 Season ran from January 29 - March 18, meeting each Friday after school. The club will once again attended the SCI Team Grade Level Regional Tournament, which took place in Goshen on February 27.

Fall 2015 Season
The Fall 2015 Season ran from October 16 to December 11. The club attended the State Grade Level Individual Championships in Fort Wayne on November 14, securing Saint Joseph Grade School's first state champion as Therese Walatka defeated classmate Cormac Kennedy in the 3rd grade championship match.

Winter 2015 Season
The Winter 2015 Season began February 6. The club competed in the SCI Team Regional in Goshen on February 21. Saint Joseph's third grade team finished 8th out of 16 teams. The club concluded its season with an intra-club tournament on March 19, with second grader Therese Walatka taking home the club crown.

Fall 2014 Season
The Fall 2014 Season began October 10 and concluded with the SCI Grade Level Championships in Fort Wayne on November 8. Eighteen SJGS students participated in the tournament held at Canterbury High School. First grader William Cremers placed 7th (out of 18) while second graders Cormac Kennedy, Nathan Skendzel, and Therese Walatka placed 11th, 12th, and 13th respectively (out of 26).

For questions about Chess Club, please contact club organizers Sean Kennedy and Todd Walatka.

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