Chess players take part in the 22nd annual City Cup tournament | News

ROCHESTER, Minnesota — Chess players of all skill levels put their skills to the test today in the City Cup tournament. This is part of the 2022 school chess season.

Students from primary to high school came to compete on Saturday in this chess tournament. Over 30 students participated in the event, including Sam Blocksome who was crowned the winner of one of the games.

“It was a good game and I really feel like I won it late in the game,” Blocksome said.

Other players, including Ryder Selnes, have been playing the game since kindergarten and continue to learn new skills with each game.

“I like chess because it’s fun and it broadens my knowledge,” says Selnes.

“Players range from college to junior and alternate college which is not as competitive as others. Although it is a competition, the tournament aims to improve the mental abilities of each raised.

“It also improves critical thinking skills and social skills,” the Rochester-area school chess secretary told KIMT News 3. “We’re here to have fun, so take your pick.”

The season is not over yet. Next month, teams from Lourdes, Byron, Century and Mayo High School will compete in the state tournament.

The state tournament will conclude the 2022 school chess season. It will take place on March 12-13.

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