Seattle Country Day School’s chess champions. Photo courtesy of Seattle Country Day School
Seattle Country Day School’s chess champions. Photo courtesy of Seattle Country Day School
After taking first-place team trophies in the kindergarten and grades 1-3 sections at the Washington State Elementary Chess Championship in April, Seattle Country Day School (SCDS) students were ready to compete at the national level in Dallas against more than 2,200 other students.

A total of nine SCDS students competed in seven tournament games in May, each lasting up to four hours in duration, over the course of three days.

Led by head coach Dr. Leo Stefurak, the SCDS Wildcats placed first in the nation as a team in the K-3 U800 section, with 25 (of 28 possible) points accrued.

Additionally, six SCDS team members placed in the top 35 for the K-3 U800 section, and an additional teammate placed fifth in the K-6 U1000 section.

In April, seventh-grade SCDS student Nate Getz traveled to San Diego to compete in the National High School Chess Championships. He finished third nationally in the K-12 U1600 section.