The Metcalf Junior High chess team once again brought home several team and individual honors from the National Junior High Chess Championships, held April 23-25 in Kentucky.
The tournament started in an outstanding fashion, with Metcalf earning a team co-championship and eighth graders Pratik Nehete and Zander Gorton being named individual co-champions in the blitz chess tournament.
In the championship tournament, the Metcalf U-750 and U-1000 teams both won team championships, led by individual national champions Matthew Nguyen (U-750) and Colin Ridgeway (U-1000). In addition, at the U-750 rating, Wesley Ho took second, Brayden Taheri took fifth, and Griffin Boos placed 8th. At the U-1250 rating, the Metcalf team took 4th overall, and at the Championship level, Metcalf took 5th pace as a team.
Coached by Metcalf math teacher Brian Ribnick, the team is one of the most successful junior high chess programs in the country. Only one other school has won more national junior high chess championships.
Earlier this year, the Metcalf team won the Minnesota State Junior High Chess Championship — the 28th state chess title in the school’s history.