Varnett hosts second annual regional chess tournament

The Varnett Public School recently hosted its second annual chess tournament at the Southwest campus and the Southeast chess team made an impressive showing.
The team won a third-place trophy based on total team points. Joel Eugene-Onyejiaka, an eighth-grader, received an individual third-place trophy in his section, winning three of his five games.
Several Varnett Southeast students won two games apiece to contribute to the overall team points. All received honorable mention. They were:
  • Semaj Moss, fifth grade
  • Car'Rhyian Robertson, fifth grade
  • Patrick Morrison, fourth grade
  • Trence Green-Thomas, second grade
Varnett on Jan. 11 competed against schools from Crosby, Galena Park, Sugar Land, Kingwood, Fort Bend, Spring Branch, Aldine and other schools in the surrounding Houston area. In all, 35 schools participated.
The Southeast chess team is composed of 25 players. The non-participants in this tournament are prepping for state (Houston) and nationals (Jacksonville, Fla.) competition in March and April, respectively.
Congratulations to the Southeast Varnett chess team. Hosting an annual chess tournament exponentially brings state and national recognition to The Varnett Public School and its chess team. Administrators, faculty, coaches,  parents and players are to be commended for enhancing the resume and profile of the district. And thanks to the Southwest campus for hosting.
A job well done!
Story by Mr. Richard Burton, chess coach
Mr. Peter McConnell, Varnett's director of communications, contributed.
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