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Wahoo Elementary 5th Grader Caleb Groff brought home the 1st place trophy in the unrated class at a USCF chess tournament on Jan. 14 at UNO. Congratulations!

Groff & Talbert Compete in First USCF Tournament

Groff Brings Home Top Prize in Unrated Division!

Wahoo Elementary 5th grader Caleb Groff and Wahoo Middle School 8th grader Cole Talbert became the first Wahoo Chess Club members to compete in a sanctioned United States Chess Federation (USCF) tournament.

Both participated in a tournament on Saturday, January 14 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

In order to compete in USCF tournaments, players must purchase a yearly membership, which qualifies them to play in USCF tournaments and earn a USCF chess rating.  

“Cole and Caleb have been serious about playing chess, so I decided to enter them as a starting point and see how it went,” said Wahoo Chess Club Sponsor Larry Fangman.

The United States Chess Federation is the official, not-for-profit U.S. membership organization for chess players and chess supporters of all ages and strengths, from beginners to Grandmasters.

As USCF members, each student earns a rating number. As higher-rated players are defeated, the student’s rating gets higher. If a student loses to a lower-rated opponent, then the student’s rating goes down, while the lower-rated, winning player’s rating goes up.

USCF ratings allow chess players across the world to compare their skill level to other players—both in the past and present. For example, United States chess legend Bobby Fischer, at his peak, had a USCF rating of 2810.

Since the meet at UNO was their first meet, Groff and Talbert entered as unrated players. Groff finished in first place in the unrated class. Based upon the rating of the players he defeated, Talbert’s rating is now at 632. This number will increase and decrease in the future as he defeats or loses to higher or lower-rated opponents.  

Talbert won two matches and lost three in the meet, which is the fourth tournament in which he has competed this year.

Groff and Talbert plan to continue competing in USCF chess meets, and hopefully other Wahoo Chess Club members will soon join them.  

Groff & Talbert Compete in First USCF Tournament

Mrs, Rezac's 5th grade class

Jan 20, 2012

Yea, Caleb. We are proud of our chessmaster. Keep up the good work!
Mrs. Watson

Jan 20, 2012

Way to go Cole!
Edd Epley
Nora, NEGrandpa

Jan 22, 2012

Congrats,Caleb! We are proud of you.
The Epleys

Jan 22, 2012

Way to go,Caleb! Cole, Hayden, Hallie,and Emma