The St. Louis College Prep Chess Team came in second at the Loyola Academy Tournament just narrowly being edged out of the top position by at the end of the tournament.
Two scholars took individual honors.
Seventh grader Xavier Jones earned first place and seventh grader Derrick Whitcomb earned third place.
Other team members include eighth grader Montrell Patrick and seventh grader Amir Johnson.
Chess club sponsor Shannon Thomas said she was impressed with how the team had done in competition against at least six other schools.
“This is the second year the students have participated,” she said. “We did not place last year so this is a big improvement. The games went long and it was quality chess.
“The chess team has shown amazing growth this year,” she added. “They are learning and memorizing ‘grand master’ openings to improve the quality of their game.”
The team will compete in another tournament in January, which will also be held at Loyola Academy.
“Come cheer them on in January,” said Thomas, noting that she had trouble containing her own excitement during the usually silent matches. “The scholars in chess club have shown lots of grit to be able to learn difficult openings. I am really proud of them for valuing a game involves strategy and logic. It takes practice, but I can tell they enjoy it.”