For coach, chess is more than a game

Posted: Apr 05, 2012, 8:27 am
By Edie Grossfield
The Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN
The chess program in the Newcomer Center at Willow Creek Middle School is known for its success in helping immigrant students learn English, make friends and adjust to school life in Rochester.A key reason for its success is Jim Huerter. The paraprofessional and chess expert, who has worked in the Newcomer Center for about six years, teaches kids more than just excellent chess skills. He uses his passion for the game to teach patience, responsibility, focus and grace.

read more at the Post-Bulletin website.

Rochester John Adams Middle School Finishes 4th at State!

The John Adams chess club improved on last year’s fifth place finish at the Minnesota State Chess Association Tournament by completing a strong final round and taking fourth out of 11 junior high/middle school teams. Over 80 players competed in the K-9 division.

Man Luong (8th) placed 16th out of the top 20 and received a trophy. Nhi Huynh (7th) went undefeated (4 wins and 2 draws) to attain 5 out of 6 possible points. She captured fourth place individual and was the top female player in the division. Rounding out the JA team were Darren & Josh Anes Dy Quiangco (8th).

The club members now focus their sights on the United States Chess Federation Senior National Tournament which will be April 13-15 in Minneapolis. Look for the results to be posted on this website.

Visit the John Adams GATE website for photos of the event.