Chess is a popular pastime at IHMS, especially in winter when students are looking for a quiet activity to do during indoor recesses. Appropriately, the chess club begins in January, and runs until March or April. Students who wish to participate sign up, and after a schedule is created, play against other students from their own grade. Everyone is responsible for arranging their own games and recording the outcome of those games. 


Students are given about 2 months to challenge and play each of the other students in their class. On the day of the deadline (usually the beginning of March), the person from each class with the most wins is declared the ‚??classroom champion‚?Ě, and is scheduled to participate in the playoffs. This year, there were 5 classroom champions from grades 4 to 8. They were


* Grade 4 Р Eric L.

* Grade 5 Р Collin A.

* Grade 6 Р Hunter T.

* Grade 7 Р Orest F.

* Grade 8 Р Alexander K. 

These classroom champions played a series of games against each other in order to narrow the field down from five to three finalists, and within a few weeks both Collin A. and Orest F. were eliminated. 


The remaining three players, Eric L., Hunter T., and Alex K., moved on to the chess finals where, after a series of definitive wins, Hunter T. emerged as the 2012 IHMS Chess champion!



Eric L. and Alex K., both tied in the number of games won, battled each other to determine who would end up in second place. After an initial stalemate, Alex K. eventually emerged victorious! 


2012 Chess Club final standings:


¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†‚?? 1st – Hunter T.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†‚?? 2nd – Alexander K.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†‚?? 3rd – Eric L.