Minnesota Moment: Burnsville Students Compete in a National Chess Tournament

May 18, 2017 10:41 PM

The Burnsville school district is celebrating a big win in a national chess tournament.

Burnsville high school students brought home their first national chess title after competing in the 2017 Supernationals Chess Tournament. The tournament took place in Nashville, Tennesse, earlier this week.


"It feels amazing just to get that high of a score in the national tournament," 11-year-old William Moe said.

"It's just an amazing opportunity to get to Supernationals," 13-year-old Ellie Scheldberg said.

The students said the tournament is the largest tournament with more than 5,000 competitors this year.

Many of the students said they've played chess for years, but others started just this year.

"One of the great things about chess is it doesn't matter if you're really tall or short or good at sports," 16-year-old Sammie Stadick said. "Everyone just sits at the chess board with the same 16 pieces in the same position and anything can happen."

The students want to reassure others that chess isn't just for nerds. In fact, many said they would continue to play chess for the rest of their lives.

Fifteen-year-old Chance Persons, Stadick and 16-year-old Xander Gorton represented the high school team. Persons placed 9th in the nation in his section.

Scheldberg, 13-year-old Ava Piccolino and Moe represented middle school team.


Ben Rodgers

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