On December 5, no less than 98 chess enthusiasts took part in the very first Collège Notre-Dame Chess Tournament. Gathered in the gymnasium of this secondary school were grade 7 and 8 students from the following ten Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon elementary schools: École La Renaissance (Espanola), École Notre-Dame (Hanmer), École St-Thomas (Warren), École Jean-Paul II (Val Caron), École Ste-Thérèse (Val Thérèse), École Ste Marie (Azilda), École St-Pierre (Sudbury), École St-Denis (Sudbury), École Alliance St-Joseph (Chelmsford) and École St-Antoine (Noelville). Each player had the opportunity to play five matches.
The following students stood out in the tournament: 1st, Théo Rancourt, École Jean-Paul II (Val Caron); 2nd, Luca Chartrand, École Ste-Marie (Azilda); 3rd, Quintin Thorsteinson, École Ste-Thérèse (Val Thérèse); 4th, Elija Neuleman, École Jean-Paul II (Val Caron); 5th, Nicholas Guénette, École Notre-Dame (Hanmer).
Organized by Collège Notre-Dame teacher Mr. André Maillet, this tournament was a great success thanks to the strategic and valuable support of student members of the CND Chess Club. In addition to visiting several schools before the tournament to share their game strategies with elementary students and prepare them for this friendly competition, members of the CND Chess Club served as judges during the tournament. Building on this success, Collège Notre-Dame wishes to see the second edition of the Chess Tournament attract a greater number of participants and allow many young chess masters to experience this great activity.