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Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School K-3 Chess Team takes first at state tournament

Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School K-3 Chess Team takes first at state tournament
Posted on 04/23/2018
Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School's K-3 chess team took first place at the state tournament for the second straight year!

The team's top four scorers all won individual trophies at the tournament. Nearly 140 kids competed in their section, and Alex Browne won the individual state championship by scoring 6.5 out of 7 points, followed by Griffen Schmidt 5th place  (5.5 points) and Nora Litman 13th place (5.5 points) and Rose Freiberg (5 points) who won first place in the region. 

Alex, Nora and Griffen also qualified for an invitation only event called the Tournament of Champions featuring the top 16 players from the state tournament. The event will take place April 28-29 at Zachary Lane Elementary School. 

"As a kid who grew up playing chess at Pilgrim Lane, it means a lot to me to see the RSI kids succeed in winning back-to-back state championships," said team coach Dana Litman. "Over the past 50 years, District 281 schools have had some of the strongest chess programs in the state, so it’s extra special to me to reconnect our current success with that history and an experience the kids will never forget"."