Knights Place 30th at the State Championship!

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The State Championship took place on Saturday, April 27, with 1,432 players from all over the state. It is amazing to watch K-6 players seated over 700 boards arranged in perfect rows, as they silently shake hands in synchrony to start each of five games.

St. Paul’s players were Andrew B., Bruno M., Mateo C., Gabe H., Odin O., Andre M., Maxwell D., and Christian L. Our Knights earned 30th out of 107 school teams in the state of Washington in the 4-6 grade division. The result puts St. Paul’s as the top school (by far) in Bellingham and Whatcom county!

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In the 1-3 grade division, our Knights earned 30th out of 99 schools in the state. The result also puts St. Paul’s as the best performing school in Bellingham and Whatcom county, with a 0.5 point lead over Wade King Elementary. Team scores were calculated by adding the top 4 players in each school.

Individually, Andre, Christian, Gabe, and Mateo scored 3 points out of 5 in their respective sections. Andrew scored 2.5.  Bruno, Maxwell, and Odin scored 2 points. It was a thrill to have a set of 4 players in each section to finally compete as a team at the state level.

We close our St. Paul’s Knights era on a high note and hope that the Franklin Academy’s Chess Force will be as enthusiastic, united, and successful!

Knights Win Lowell Tournament!


On Saturday, January 12, St. Paul’s Knights won first place in the Lowell Chess Tournament! The Knights scored 19 points, a huge lead over the second place team, Wade King, and the third place team, Assumption School. Team standings were calculated by adding the top 5 individual scores for each school.

The Knights players at the Lowell Tournament were Christian L., Andre M., Bruno M., Maxwell D., Odin O., Jacob G., Gabe H., Andrew B., Anabelle B., Keoni O., Mateo C., and Veronica J. The largest competing team in many years!

Individually, Christian was the champion of the 4-5 grade section, with an impressive 4 wins and 1 draw! Maxwell also struck 4 wins and 1 draw, including a victory against one of the strongest chess players in Whatcom County! Andrew placed second in the K-1 section, and Mateo C. placed 4th in the 2-3 section. Odin, Bruno, and Gabe earned state qualification medals with 3 wins, and first-time competitor Veronica J. received a recognition medal. The Knights warmly welcome Veronica as a member of the competing team!

In 5 rounds of matches, the Knights created solutions to problems posed by their opponents– a true opportunity to practice life skills! Our Knights celebrated the championship with satisfaction, and the first place plaque will be displayed this week at the front desk of the Lower School and next week in the Middle School.

The Knights Team highly encourages new players to join state qualifying tournaments. It is clear that this season’s new players have been challenged and then delighted in their growth and wins! The next state qualifying tournament will be held at Wade King Elementary on February 2. Go Knights!!

Knights Win Assumption Tournament!

On Saturday, December 1, St. Paul’s Knights Chess Team was the champion of the Assumption Holiday Classic Tournament, with 14 points. Team standings were calculated by adding the top 4 individual scores for each school. In a very close competition for 2nd place, both Wade King Elementary and Assumption Catholic School earned 12.5 points, and the score of a 5th player was used to break the tie. Assumption placed 2nd, and Wade King third. The Knights competitors were Christian L., Andre M., Bruno M., Maxwell D., Odin O., Jacob G., Gabriel H., Andrew B., Anabelle B., and Keoni O. 

Individually, Bruno and Maxwell won 3rd place in their respective sections (K-2 and 3-5 grade). Christian earned 5th in the 3-5 grade section, with 4 wins out of 5 games! Andre earned a state qualification medal with 3 wins, and first-time competitor Gabe received a recognition medal. Welcome to competing in tournaments, Gabe!

All Knights finished the tournament and were absolutely proud to hold the beautiful 1st place team trophy. The trophy is displayed this week at the front desk of the Lower School. Between rounds, our Knights had fun playing tag and “flippy chess” (a 2-player bughouse chess invented by a fellow player from Lowell). Chess parents at the tournament were content to watch kids practice a few life skills through the game of chess.

We look forward to continuing a solid team and performance throughout the season. The next state qualifying tournament will be held at Lowell Elementary on January 12.

Go Knights!!


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