Fun and problem-solving for students at the Franco-Nord-Ouest Chess Tournament

May 1, 2017

Some 130 young chess masters met in Wawa on April 27 for the fourth Franco-Nord-Ouest Chess Tournament. The competition, hosted by Wawa’s École Saint-Joseph, attracted 131 grades 3 to 12 francophone students from the following Northwestern Ontario French Catholic and Public schools: École Saint-Joseph and École l’Escalade (Wawa), École St-Joseph and É.s. l’Orée des bois (Dubreuilville), École Sacré-Cœur (Chapleau), and École Écho-des-Rapides (Sault Ste. Marie). The friendly competition was organized by École Saint-Joseph teacher and chess aficionado, René-Guy Nobert.

Tournament participants and their chaperones had lots of fun, while teachers observed that the contest was also beneficial in spurring the students to raise the level of their game and excel in strategizing. Each participant played no fewer than 5 games and received 2 tournament t-shirts. In all, 82 happy winners took home the 25 gold, 20 silver and 37 bronze medals that were awarded during the competition.

Students from Wawa’s École Saint-Joseph have acquired a well-deserved reputation for their passion for this timeless game. Chess is a discipline that requires a great deal of forward strategizing in addition to a sharp memory and good problem-solving skills. The school’s goal in hosting the friendly francophone tournament is to promote the game and encourage Northwestern Ontario youth to explore the discipline and develop their chess skills.

École Saint-Joseph wishes to recognize the support of Wawa’s Rotary Club, which has made it possible for the Franco-Nord-Ouest Chess Tournament to expand and help provide a meaningful experience for North-Western Francophone students!

“The tournament not only allows students to develop their problem-solving skills but makes it possible for young Francophone aficionados to meet and collectively enjoy their passion for chess. We take great pride in observing the deep roots of our Francophonie in Northern Ontario,” stated René-Guy Nobert, École Saint-Joseph (Wawa) teacher and tournament organizer.

 Individual results by category:

Grades 3 and 4
1st: Elsa Budd, Écho-des-Rapides, SSM
2nd: Ethan Roy, Saint-Joseph, Wawa
3rd: Chad Gendron, Saint-Joseph, Wawa

Grades 5 and 6
1st: Aili Laird, Écho-des-Rapides, SSM
2nd: Alexander Burnham, Saint-Joseph, Wawa
3rd: Sébastian Chevrier, Saint-Joseph, Wawa; Lauren Dickie, Écho-des-Rapides, SSM; Xander Jawoshi, Sacré Cœur, Chapleau; Faythe Millette, Écho-des-Rapides, SSM; Reese Rousseau, Saint-Joseph, Wawa

Grades 7 and 8
1st: Kuper Fournier, Saint-Joseph, Wawa; Alex Laird, Écho des Rapides, SSM
3rd: Quentin Ketterer, Écho-des-Rapides, SSM; Adam Ross, Écho-des-Rapides, SSM; Alain Scully, Saint-Joseph, Wawa

Secondary
1st: Sunil Cotterill, Saint-Joseph, Wawa
2nd: Gordon Godbout, Saint-Joseph, Wawa; Dimitri Lévesque, Saint-Joseph, Wawa; Spencer Terris, Saint-Joseph, Wawa
3rd: Nicolas Lafrenière Saint-Joseph, Wawa; Tyler Morden, Saint-Joseph, Wawa; Steven Poulin Saint-Joseph, Wawa

Team results by catégory:

Grades 3 and 4
1st: Saint-Joseph, Wawa
2nd: Saint-Joseph, Wawa
3rd: Saint-Joseph, Wawa

Grades 5 and 6
1st: Saint-Joseph, Wawa
2nd: Écho-des-Rapides, SSM
3rd: Saint-Joseph, Wawa

 Grades 7 and 8
1st: Écho-des-Rapides, SSM
2nd: Saint-Joseph, Wawa
3rd: Saint-Joseph, Wawa

 Secondary
1st: Saint-Joseph, Wawa
2nd: Saint-Joseph, Wawa
3rd: Saint-Joseph, Wawa

The Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario offers a French Catholic Educational Program that is widely recognized for its excellence. The CSCNO provides a quality learning environment and academic program that runs from early childhood to adult education, with some 7,200 students enrolled in 27 elementary and 10 secondary schools.

 INFO:

Paul de la Riva
Director of Communications and External Relations
Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario
(705) 673-5626, ext. 294
(705) 677-8195 – cell phone
paul.delariva@nouvelon.ca