Frenship chess club takes 1st at challenge

By Bryan Navarette
A-J Media

For the third time this season, the Frenship Middle School Chess Club finished in first place and had the top player in a tournament.
“This is probably my most talented sixth-grade group,” Frenhsip Middle School teacher Thomas Messerschmidt said. “My sixth-graders are the ones winning the tournaments and they are playing against seventh- and eighth-graders.”
The chess club finished the Check with Tech Chess Challenge at Cooper West Elementary over the weekend with the maximum amount of points possible, 12.
Frenship’s Kaden Womack, who had four points, finished in first place.
Teammates Stinson Sharp, who finished third, and Luke Phillips, who finished fourth, also scored four points and remained undefeated in the tournament.
Overall, Frenship had nine students finish with at least three wins in four matches.
“They are extremely talented and really motivated,” Messerschmidt said. “They pick up the strategies and the technique that I taught them really quickly.”
Messerschmidt, who has been a part of the club for about 20 years now, said each player begins the tournament with four points and loses a point for every loss. The players with the most points left over automatically win.
Then, the judges determine the tournament winner by looking at player matchups.
According to a statement from Frenship ISD, this was one the largest tournaments of the year with close to 200 participants, 76 from Frenship alone.
The Frenship chess club will be at Estacado High School March 7 for its next tournament.

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