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Open Individual South Region Chess Tournament


On March 30th, the St. Francis of Assisi Chess club attended the South Region Open Individual Chess tournament at St. Anthony School. Six students represented the school very competitively. The students were Duncan R  in Grade 2, Maia R  in Grade 3, Renee F, who despite being in Grade 3, represented our school proudly in the Grade 4 competition, Matthew C in Grade 6, Matteo O in Grade 7, and Kyle Hall in Grade 8.


Special Congratulations to Maia R who finished in 2nd place among Grade 3 students in the South Regional tournament and qualified for the City Tournament on Friday April 7th at St. Timothy School.  Maia gained valuable experience at the City Tournament while playing against extremely competitive opponents. Despite not qualifying for the Provincial tournament, Maia showed great promise for a student who only started playing Chess this year, finishing 11th in the city among all Grade 3 students. 


Thank you to all the student competitors, and let's hope to have individual representatives for all Grades next year. Thank you to the coaches, Mr. Pietramala and Mr. Sorrentino for all their hard work.



South Region Team Chess Tournament


On April 26th, the St. Francis of Assisi Chess Club travelled to St. Anthony School to compete in the South Regional Team Chess Tournament. The six members who comprised the SFA team were Matteo O, Matthew C, Kyle H, Destiny C, Theo J,  and Thomas L. The team competed extremely well and narrowly missed out on an opportunity to advance to the City Team tournament, finishing in 4th place out of 7 schools.


Special mention to Matteo O who anchored the team by going unbeaten in the tournament winning 3 games, and to Matthew C and Kyle H who won 2 games each. Destiny also won a game and drew another on a stalemate, while Theo also got a draw on 2 games against very difficult opponents.


Overall the SFA team finished their individual matches with 8 wins, 8 losses, and 4 draws but were competitive in every round.  As a team, they defeated Our Lady of Perpetual Help, tied the host school, St. Anthony, and were narrowly defeated in close matches by the top two schools in our region, Canadian Martyrs and Holy Name. 


Congratulations to all the students who competed well and gained valuable experience. Thank you to our coaches Mr. Pietramala and Mr. Sorrentino for their hard work.