On Saturday, Feb. 6, the Wellington Elementary School Chess Club competed in the inaugural Gove Elementary School Open Chess Tournament. It was an exciting day, where schools from around the county competed. The WES Chess Club has been in existence for more than 10 years. Players meet every Thursday afternoon to learn the game’s strategies and tactics, improve their focus and make predictions of possible outcomes, while demonstrating good sportsmanship. Fourth-grade teacher Brian Gallagher enjoys running the club and believes that these skills will help students all through their lives. The 20-plus members enjoy playing tournaments and look forward to their weekly meetings. Shown above are students Benjamin Taylor, Jimmy Mercado and Joshua Dimaiwat. Mercado tied for second in the fifth-grade division. Congratulations to all participants of the tournament.