Columbus Chess Team Earns Westchester Championship

The Columbus Elementary School chess team is officially the 2019 Westchester County Chess Champion after taking first place in the grades 4-12 section, first place in the fifth-grade section, and first place in the fourth-grade section at the 2019 Westchester County Scholastic Chess Championship last weekend (March 23-24) at Columbus. The team also came in second place in the third-grade section and third place in the second-grade section.  
 
Individual awards were won in the fifth-grade section by Dylan Minchez (third place) and Kevin Lopez (fifth place). In the fourth-grade section, Constantine Zelatis came in third place and Dylan Solovyev came in fifth place. In the third-grade section, Ashley Corazoa came in first place for chess players rated under 400.
 
The students are sharpening their chess skills as they prepare to compete in the 2019 K-6 National Elementary Scholastic Chess Championships run by the United States Chess Federation, in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
The Columbus PTA-Chess Committee has re-energized the work of the team and club by fundraising and producing great events throughout the year.  The committee hosted last weekend's tournament and served breakfast and lunch. 
 
The students are fundraising in order to raise money to travel to the national competition. The District has been supportive of chess instruction at Columbus for 20 years. Families are raising money to cover travel expenses, which the District does not cover and which will be especially important for families in need. Costs include airfare and other transportation, four nights in a hotel and meals, as well as the entry fees.