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2017 December Chess Puzzle Contest

Rainbow Elementary will hold its annual December Puzzle Contest awarding a King and Queen of chess puzzles for the entire month of December.  You do not need to be a chess club or chess team member to participate. Each grade level competes against kids in their grade. You do need your password in order to participate.  We love this contest because it is school-wide and allows us to spot some talented chess kids who may want to join our competition chess team. Here is a photo of last year's grade-level winners below.

2016 puzzle winners

Rainbow Recreation Chess Club Registration has closed.  We will reopen chess club and Beginning competition chess team registration in January after we review the results of the December chess puzzle contest.

Rainbow Elementary Chess Team is going to Disney World!

Rainbow National Team


  Congratulations to our 2017 STATE CHAMPIONS!

Rainbow Elementary had two teams that won first and second place in the Primary (K-3) division at the state scholastic tournament in March, 2017. The Rainbow Red team of Xavier Bruni, Karsten Wallace, Caroline Wang, and Ethan Van placed first, and the Rainbow Blue team of Landon Drummond, Artem Starenki, Arnav Maskey and Andrew Nguyen placed 2nd!  


Xavier Bruni won 1st place, Ethan Van won 4th place, and Landon Drummond won 5th place in the individual competition in the Primary (K-3) division.  This was the second time a Rainbow student was declared champion of the Primary section. 

Rainbow Elementary also won its fourth consecutive Elementary (K-6)Team Champion title by placing 1st place with the team of Victor Lundy, Constance Wang, Geon Park and Zachary Calinsky.  For the first time, Rainbow had a student declared Co-Champion in the Elementary (K-6) division:  Constance Wang!  Also receiving individual awards were Geon Park (3rd) and Victor Lundy (5th).

For complete coverage of the State Scholastic Chess Championship read this from the Madison City Chess League blog.

Rainbow Elementary Team at National K12 in December 2016



 Photos from the UAH Scholastic Chess Tournament in Fall 2016.




June 5-9, 2017

Rainbow Elementary hosts the Summer Knights Chess Camp each summer to help students improve their chess skills before school starts.  The dates for the camp are June 5-9, 2017.  Online registration is available here.  Watch this video by WHNT News 19 about summer camp two years ago.  It is the premiere chess camp in our region. 


MCCL LogoFor more information about chess in the Madison community and upcoming chess events, go to the Madison City Chess League webpage.


Register for your USCF id# here (recommend Premium Scholastic Membership for one year $24) in order to compete at upcoming rated tournaments.

For a complete schedule of upcoming tournaments, see

Competitors are required to record their moves during every chess game.  To learn how, watch this video from