Julian Knudson, president of the club and senior, oversees a game between Rohil Senapati and Owen Eckart. Knudson said he has finalized the A, B, and C teams for the tournament, which he compiles based on skill demonstrated by students throughout the year.

Riley TerBush

As of this week, Julian Knudson, Chess Club president and senior, has closed off the teams competing at the Scholastic Chess of Indiana (SCI) tournament. “The deadline to register the teams on the SCI chess website is this Friday. This is the last meeting of Chess Club before this Friday, so I’m not dealing with any late sign-ups,” he said.
The state tournament will take place on March 23 at Martinsville High School. All students are responsible for their own transportation.
“It is really fun. You can get awards, get recognized by your school, play chess competitively, [and] get your rating higher,” Knudson said.
Each tournament team will split a $48 fee and all attending members must register for a $5 United States Chess Federation (USCF) membership, which allows players to see their international ranking. Students must turn in all fees to treasurer and junior Owen Eckart by the date of the tournament.
Knudson said he is confident about the outcome for the club. “This year we’re gonna win,” he said.
The club continues to meet every Monday after school until 4:30 p.m.
Robert Holman, sponsor of the club, said he defers all decisions to students. By Riley TerBush