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Students gather for annual chess tournament

November 19, 2017 GMT

MICHIGAN CITY — Saturday morning was all about chess at Marquette High School’s Scholl Student Center.

Students from all over the area gathered to participate in the Northwest Indiana Chess Tournament. The tournament featured several different competition brackets, ranging from first grade and younger to high school.

"Every division just plays their own grade," said tournament director Kieran McHugh, except high school is the combined high school grades."

McHugh added that there were around 10 different area schools represented at the tournament.

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McHugh also added that, to her knowledge, the tournament had well over 200 participants representing schools from all over the area.

"246 are signed up," she said. "A lot of Renaissance (Academy) kids, a lot from Victory Christian. We have got at least 10 schools."

McHugh, who also doubles as Head of School at Renaissance Academy, also asserted that chess is a great way to teach students how to compete, but at the same time teach them lessons in life.

"We’re really proud of this," she said. "As a school, we teach chess to all of our kids, and we felt like it’s such a wonderful experience to be in a large tournament, have the experience of playing strangers, and walking into a room where you have got hundreds of kids playing. We believe in chess as a way to teach logic and strategy and great thinking skills. But also it’s great for teaching sportsmanship and letting kids learn to win and lose, be a good sport, and interact with others. All of that is so important."

Results:

• First Grade: Elijah Leffert and Elliot Brough, Renaissance Academy.

• Second Grade: Ryan Dailey, Renaissance Academy.

• Third Grade: Kyron Hart, Renaissance Academy.

• Fourth Grade: Christian Lake and Micheal Hoppe, Renaissance Academy.

• Fifth Grade: Quinn Fleming, St. Patrick’s School.

• Sixth Grade: Will Ruszkowski, Renaissance Academy.

• Seventh Grade: Jonathan McClure, Chesterton Middle School.

• Eighth Grade: William Lake, Renaissance Academy.

• High School: Dominic Yanke, Michigan City High School.