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District 191 students invited to participate in annual chess tournament

Students in kindergarten through grade 12, as well as alumni, are invited to compete in the annual Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 chess tournament on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Metcalf Middle School, 2250 Diffley Road.

Registration is 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. and the tournament wraps up around 3:30 p.m.  

“Chess teaches problem-solving skills that make our students future ready,” said Brian Ribnick, tournament organizer. “Our annual battle of the minds at our district's chess championship will pit the finest minds in the district against one another in an all-out brain party. At the conclusion of the tournament, players shake hands as we don't consider one another as opponents but partners in the search for truth.”

Chess is an important part of the culture in District 191. All fourth-grade students participate in a residency with a chess master and most schools in the district have a chess team.

At the annual chess tournament sections will be:

  • Grades K-3: For primary players with very little tournament experience. No team awards.

  • Elementary K-5: Team and individual awards including top grade level trophies. Teams are based on the top four players’ combined scores. Schools can enter as many players as they want.

  • Grades 6-12: Top team and top three individuals will receive trophies.

  • Alumni: Any high school graduate to ever participate in a District 191 chess program. Winner will receive a trophy and $60. 

The five rounds will take place approximately at  9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:55 p.m. and 2:05 p.m. If players cannot stay all day, they can take a bye for the round they miss and still play the rest of the day.

The entry fee is $20 (checks made payable to Metcalf Chess Club). Participants are asked to bring a chess set along if they have one, paper and pen for notation, and a lunch or money for concessions.

Prizes will include trophies and merit points. The top player in the elementary section will get a free entry into the state tournament and half price entry into advanced beginner chess lessons.

For more information, contact Ribnick at (612) 916-4011 or


Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 09:53