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Speyer Legacy Chess: SuperNationals V - 3 Days, 3 Teams, 3 Trophies
Posted 04/15/2013 11:53PM

Speyer Legacy Chess: SuperNationals V - 3 Days, 3 Teams, 3 Trophies


Every four years the United States Chess Federation merges the elementary school, middle school, and high school nationals into one event, the SuperNationals. The Speyer Legacy School was proud to send 23 of our scholars to Nashville, TN to represent the school. The SuperNationals V officially broke the attendance record for the largest rated chess competition in history with 5,335 participants! The previous record was set at SuperNationals III with 5,320. 

Speyer fielded three teams in Nashville: K-1, K-3, and K-5.


Day One: 2 rounds / flying start

On the first day of the event our scholars picked up their school team t-shirts and bags and were given a motivational speech by Sunil Weeramantry. One of our scholars was bumped off her flight but managed to get to the board in round one only five minutes late. She kept calm under pressure and won her match. It was a flying start!


Day Two: 3 rounds / working hard / playing hard

The second day of the SuperNationals is the longest day. Three of our scholars started their first rounds at 9 am and completed their final rounds at around 10:30 pm. The scholars took a short break in the afternoon to celebrate several birthdays and enjoy some cake. In the evening, while the scholars were playing chess, the parents were treated to wine and cheese refreshments courtesy of the Peterson / Harada family. It was an enjoyable evening.


Day Three: 2 rounds / Award Ceremony / Coaches Dinner

The final day of the event was exhilarating. Our K-1 team was flirting with 1st place and our K-3 and K-5 teams were holding tight to their spots.

Final Team Results:

K-1 Team: 3rd Place

K-3 Team: 8th Place

K-5 Team: 12th Place


After the award ceremony, the school hosted a Coaches Dinner to thank our coaches for their hard work. The scholars toasted their coaches and we all enjoy each other’s company. To cap off the evening the scholars sang and danced to Frank Sinatra's New York, New York.


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