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Local Chess Club Competes


Members of the First Lutheran School Chess Club competed in the OU Chess Club Junior Scholastic Tournament on Saturday, November 5th at Sooner Legends Hotel in Norman. The tournament was open to all scholastic chess players, grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

In the Rated Under 1100 section, Cason Wilson, a 6th grade West Middle School student and active FLS Chess Club member, was awarded first place. For the Rated Under 800 section, Catheryne Martin (8th grade East Middle School student) earned 3.0 points, Wesley Vaughan (2nd grade First Lutheran School student) earned 1.0 points and Colter Wilson (3rd grade Roosevelt Elementary School student) earned 2.0 points and they all earned a medal for their performance after securing challenging wins. In the Rated Under 500 section, 5-year old First Lutheran School kindergartner William Vaughan was also awarded a medal, finishing the day with 2.0 points.

The FLS Chess Club is open to all students in Ponca City, grades 1st through 12th, and currently has twenty active members from eight different schools. The FLS Chess Club meets weekly on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm-7:30pm, come and go, in the First Lutheran School Early Childhood Education building that also houses the school gym. You’ll park on Liberty along the south side of the building and enter through the doors that are directly east of the playground.

All skill levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced.

The mission of the First Lutheran School Chess Club is to develop and improve chess skills in a supportive environment, to encourage each student to their full potential, and to nurture specific chess-related skills including strategic thinking, problem solving and self-confidence, and to promote the value of chess throughout the community. Students are required to submit a one-time $35 membership fee. The fee helps cover the cost of supplies for the club as well as the student’s own scorebook. Membership is required to participate; however, there are limited scholarships available if needed.

Please contact Jennifer Vaughan, FLS Chess Club Founder and Coordinator, at 580-716-1931 or email [email protected] with any questions, to receive the necessary sign-up form for students, or to volunteer to assist with the club.