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District 191 chess coach named to state chess hall of fame

Longtime Metcalf Middle School chess coach Brian Ribnick will be inducted in the Minnesota Chess Hall of Fame on May 12.

Ribnick has taught chess to Metcalf students for 48 years, coaching teams to 30 state and 19 national scholastic chess championships, as well as several individual national titles. He’s also been a leader in the Minnesota chess community, serving as coach for the state junior high championship team, vice president for the School Chess Association, a member of the Minnesota State Chess Association Board of Directors, and on the United State Chess Federation Scholastic Committee. He was also named state Coach of the Year in 2003.

Ribnick, also a retired District 191 math teacher, was the first recipient of the District 191 Spirit of Excellence award in 2016, given each year to a staff member who exemplifies the best of District 191 staff and it mission of “Each Student. Future Ready. Community Strong.”

In his nomination letter, Ribnick was cited for his success in motivating students to learn and grow as chess players, students and people. Through his coaching, students develop abstract thinking, concentration, discipline, respect and teamwork, the nomination read.

The induction ceremony is schedule for May 12 in Bloomington. Learn more about Metcalf Chess at www.metcalfchess.com.

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2019 - 14:16