The Seattle Prep chess team is open to anyone with an interest in the game, regardless of ability or experience. The program provides students an opportunity to hone their chess skills, represent Prep against other teams from across the state, and have fun doing so.
The team practices after school beginning in October, with weekly Metro League matches falling on Wednesdays. We also attend a number of weekend tournaments held during the season and host our own Catholic Schools Tournament for middle school programs in the area. The season typically concludes in early March, with the State Team Championship.
Taylor Larson, Seattle Prep ‘07, will be taking on the chess program for the 2016-17 season. For the past eight years he has been an assistant coach with Prep's highly successful mock trial team.
Coach Larson is not new to Seattle Prep Chess, having competed under Mr. Ellinger for three years. Coach Taylor says, "I remember enjoying not just the game itself, but being part of a team of students that would not have otherwise met. My aim is that the chess team will remain a place where students can have that experience, during this season and in seasons to come."