Southwest High School National Chess Champs
The Southwest High School chess team of Minneapolis just returned from winning its second straight national championship at the 2007 National High School Chess Championships in Kansas City, MO. Southwest’s coach Alex Adams said the games are extremely challenging, lasting from three to four hours each and the teens typically play 15-30 hours of chess during the three-day tournament. The Star Tribune listed by name each of the nine chess team members.
In a related story, the only corresponding coverage I found was a KCTV5 story that a 15-year old chess competitor was attacked in his hotel lobby at the Hyatt Crown Center. Four older teens jumped him, punched him, demanded his sneakers and ran off with the North Carolina boy’s neck chain and ball cap. The victim said he didn’t recognize any of the attackers from the chess competition. The attack was caught on surveillance video. The robbers are still at large.