Nearly 50 years ago — 35 years before Zander Gorton was born — Metcalf Junior High School began its annual all-school chess tournament.
Every year since Metcalf Junior High in Burnsville opened 50 years ago, there has been an all-school chess championship to determine the school champion. This event also serves as team tryouts for students attempting to qualify for the school’s trophy-winning traveling team. This year’s event will take place Nov. 17, 19 and 20.
Fall chess clubs are taking registrations now at all 10 Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 elementary schools, with practices starting in late September and running once per week through December.
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.
The Metcalf Junior High chess team in Burnsville won the Minnesota State Junior High Chess Championship on March 28-29. It’s the 28th state chess title in Metcalf’s history, adding to the school’s reputation as one of the most successful junior high chess programs in the nation.
Top individuals for Metcalf were Cole Medin in 4th place, Zander Gorton in 6th, Pratik Nehete in 11th and Jackson Reichert in 12th overall.
The team from Harriet Bishop Elementary took the championship title in the annual elementary chess tournament in Burnsville- Eagan-Savage School District
Students from all 10 elementary schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 are invited to participate in the District 191 Elementary Chess Championships on Saturday, Dec. 20.