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Chess 42As you would expect, it is noisy, really noisy before the chess games start. Then, sitting in front of their opponents, the students shake hands and get quiet. Really quiet.
 
For about fifteen minutes, the only sounds you hear are the chess pieces moving, some being placed outside the board. Pawn takes pawn. Bishop takes rook. Check. Checkmate.
Over 150 students from Kindergarten to sixth grade took part in the district’s Elementary Chess Tournament this week at the Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center, in Shiprock.
 
 
The district event followed the participation of the Middle School Chess Team, comprised of students from Newcomb, Kirtland, and sixth graders from Ojo Amarillo Elementary and Judy Nelson Elementary, at the Middle School State Tournament in Albuquerque.
 
On April 20, and for the first time, all CCSD high schools competed (and won) at the NMAA State Team Chess Tournament held in Albuquerque. Shiprock High School placed third in the 4A State Chess Championship. Newcomb High School and Career Prep High School also placed third in 1A to 3A State Chess Championship.
Chess 1Eric Arpelar, Newcomb Middle School’s Dean of Students, one of the organizers of the chess events, says that playing chess is more than a game and that the students get great benefits from chess and competing.
 
“I organize these events because it opens up a new world to our students. For example, I tell the students all the time that there are 22 universities and colleges that offer scholarships for chess players. Just like athletes, chess players can sign letters of intent to attend their schools to play chess. It also allows an outlet for students who are not in athletics to have an opportunity for competition,” said Arpelar.
 
“Secondly, Chess is more than a game. Chess teaches strategy, higher order thinking, critical thinking, and planning. Students who play chess improve in math, science, and English curriculums. Plus, if you play chess, you can play this game for the rest of your life,” he added.
 
Elementary District Chess Tournament Results:

K - 2nd Champions - Individual Standings

#

Place

Name

Total

1

2nd

Jazmin Buckner

4.0/1.0

2

3rd

Matthew Telkamp

4.0

3

1st

Noriah Yazzie

4.0/1.0

4

4th

Ritt Jamito

3.0

5

5th

Tatum Begay

2.0

 

3rd - 4th Champions - Individual Standings

#

Place

Name

Total

1

1st

Daniel Bloomfield

5.0/1.0

2

2nd

Tristin Miller

5.0

3

3rd

Markus Bitsilly

4.5

4

4th

Paul Angelo Abergos

4.0/1.

5

5th

Michael Fasthorse

4.0

  

5th - 6th Champions - Individual Standings

#

Place

Name

Total

1

2nd

Trevonte Bedtah

5.0

2

1st

Ryan Vincoy

5.0/1.0

3

5th

Zane Arpelar

4.0

4

4th

Mel Abergos

4.0

5

3rd

Kyler Joe

4.0

 

K - 2nd Team Standings

Place

Eva B. Stokely Elementary School

1st

Ojo Amarillo Elementary School

2nd

Judy Nelson Elementary School

3rd

 

3rd - 4th Team Standings

Place

Judy Nelson Elementary School

1st

Kirtland Elementary School

2nd

Eva B. Stokely Elementary School

3rd

 

5th - 6th Team Standings

Place

Kirtland Elementary School

1st

Ojo Amarillo Elementary School

2nd

Newcomb Elementary School

3rd


Dr. Colleen W. Bowman, Superintendent
Central Consolidated School District
P.O. Box 1199, Highway 64, Old High School Road
Shiprock, New Mexico 87420
Main line: (505) 368-4984
 
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