Shelby School graduate, Daniel Rensch, recently took first place at the National High School Chess Tournament. The contest was April 16-18 in Dallas, Texas. Rensch has also won the National Elementary and National Junior High School Chess Championships. He is one of only four students to ever achieve this "triple crown" championship achievement.
Earlier in April, Rensch achieved his first International Master (IM)
Norm, which is the first step to achieving the title of International Master. Three norms must be achieved to acquire this title, which is the second highest title possible in international chess play. Rensch won his first IM Norm in a contest held April 7-12 in Foxwood, Conn.
Rensch is currently ranked as an International Chess Federation Master, which is the third highest title.
He spent one month in Moscow, Russia during the summer of 2002 studying with thehess masters of Russia. He plans on going to Europe and back to Russia next summer to pursue further norms with the chess masters of those countries.
In addition to competing, Rensch teaches chess as well. One of his students won the State Elementary Championship last year.
The Junior High School National Chess Tournament is this weekend in Tucson. Rensch will be coaching his students in the contest, as well as participating in a simultaneous exhibition on Friday, May 7.