Harlandale ISD hosts Secondary School Swiss-Style Chess Tournament

Harlandale ISD hosts Secondary School Swiss-Style Chess Tournament
Posted on 12/20/2019
Harlandale ISD hosts Secondary School Swiss-Style Chess Tournament

More than 25 middle school and high school students from across the district competed during the Secondary School Chess Tournament held at STEM Early College High School on Dec. 14.

The students, representing Harlandale Middle School, Kingsborough Middle School, Leal Middle School, Terrell Wells Middle School, Harlandale High School, McCollum High School and STEM Early College High School, battled it out in a Swiss style tournament to determine the overall winner.

The first place winner in the high school division, Johnathan Guerra, is currently undefeated in every Harlandale ISD Tournament he has played in. He is currently the valedictorian at Harlandale High School and plans on serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corp.

Terrell Wells Middle School student Adam Torres earned first place in the middle school division. He had preciously earned second place last year at the elementary tournament. Terrell Wells Middle School student Lorena Gonzalez, the only girl to compete last weekend, came in second place and lost her only match to Adam. 

Harlandale ISD Elementary Science and Social Studies Facilitator Isabel Garza was proud to see the students motivated to become great chess players.

“Chess gives students, who may not be interested in other activities, an opportunity to represent their school and compete,” Garza said. “We have seen the same students who played in elementary come back to defend their title from previous years. Overall, the tournament ran smoothly with little time between rounds.”

The winners from all divisions will represent the district as they go on to compete at the MLK Chess Tournament on Jan. 18, 2020. A special thank you goes out to STEM Early College HS for hosting and to the campus chess coaches for helping during the tournament. 

There is a need for more chess players to compete and adults who are willing to host a club at their school. If you would like more information on how to play or start a club at the school, please email Isabel Garza at isabel.garza3@myhisd.net

Congratulations to all the winners!

High school results

1st - Johnathan Guerra, HHS
2nd - Alejandro Facio Palomares, ECHS
3rd - Matthew Stovall, MHS
4th - John David Martinez, MHS
5th - Jose Urbiola, ECHS   

Middle school results
1st - Adam Torres, TWMS
2nd - Lorena Gonzalez, TWMS
3rd - Justin He, KMS
4th - Rudy Ochoa-Mejia, HMS
5th - Christopher Medina, HMS
6th - Anthony Perez, HMS  

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