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Monday, February 5, 2018

KML Chess Falls in Conference Matches, Players Given Conference Honors

KML Chess narrowly lost three conference matches on Saturday vs. Brookfield East, Brookfield Academy and New Berlin West. Our varsity players were able to win games, but putting three wins together in a match eluded us. Scenic Moraine Conference coaches recognized the strength of KML players this season by voting Ted Molkentin to first team all-conference and Olivia Schaenzer most improved player in the league this year. Xander Neuwirth received honorable mention. In the JV section, Josh Weber and Eric Rodell each won 3.5 of their 6 games, placing them in the top 10 of all the JV players at Saturday’s meet.

KML Varsity vs. Brookfield East: Right to left, Xander, Isaac, Luke, Olivia, Ted.
Conference coaches voted Olivia most improved player for her strength as KML's Board 2 player this year. Ted Molkentin was voted 1st Team All-Conference contending on Board 1 this season. Xander Neuwirth received honorable mention.

The team at our last regular season meet (minus Luke and Isaac). Olivia, Xander, Dylan, Josh, Ted, Eric, Ashley.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Most Victories Slip Away at USM Meet

The three Chargers who played among the top boards at Thursday’s USM meet could taste victory, but none of them could come away with a win in their highly competitive games. Of KML’s seven players, only Luke Eisner posted a win, and Ashley Braker achieved a draw. KML players have been worthy opponents this season, and tough games remind us just how sweet the wins are. We’re looking forward to Saturday’s conference meet at Brookfield Academy, where KML will compete at the Varsity and JV levels.

Luke reviews games with Eric and Josh.

Olivia has her opponent on the ropes, but could not pull off the win.

Olivia, Isaac and Eric all contend on top boards.


1st   BrkfEa    7309
2nd  USM  6411
3rd  MSL  6146
4th  REAGAN    6071
5th  Wisconsin Lutheran  5849
6th  Tosa East  5774
7th   KING   5367
8th   RUHS  3440
9th   DMNCN  1978
10th  KMLHS  1176
11th   MKE EX 0

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

KML Bests Kewaskum in Home Match

With the strength of five seniors, KML varsity chess defeated Kewaskum in a match hosted at KML today. KML achieved wins from Ted on board 1, Olivia on board 2, and Luke on board 3. Isaac and Xander ended in draws on boards 4 and 5. The future of chess at both KML and Kewaskum is strong – with an additional 11 JV games played to grow experience of newer players. KML won 7 and drew one of those JV games, including wins from Ryan (an 8th grader) and Jake (a 7th grader). And almost every player took notation, which means we can learn from the games played tonight. Great job, Chargers!

Friday, January 5, 2018

KML Chess Places Sixth at USM Meet

In a 13-school meet with more than 120 players, KML chess players achieved four individual wins and a team score that led to a sixth place finish overall. Ted Molkentin and Olivia Schaenzer led the point scoring for KML. Dylan Schulz and Eric Rodell also contributed wins. Olivia gained significant rating points and continues her impressive and steady climb to a USCF rating now over 1300. 

Team results are as follows:

1st Brookfield Academy    6632
2nd Brookfield East   5985
3rd  Tosa East  5613
4th  Wisconsin Lutheran    5373
5th  REAGAN  5324
6th  KMLHS  4947
7th  USM    3726
8th   RUHS  3699
9th   KING  3341
10th  DMNCN  3278
11th  MSL  3202
12th  MKE EX 890
13th  Bay View 500

The Chargers host Kewaskum on Wednesday, January 10 in a home match beginning at 3:30 at KML.

Sophomore Eric Rodell.
Senior Luke Eisner.

Junior Josh Weber.

Seniors Ted Molkentin and Olivia Schaenzer.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

KML Chess Places 5th at USM Meet

KML Chess placed fifth out of 11 schools participating in the Milwaukee League meet hosted by University School Milwaukee Thursday. KML scored two wins from Ted Molkentin and Olivia Schaenzer and a draw from Luke Eisner. The Chargers will play three conference matches on Saturday. Results are:


1st REAGAN    5315
2nd Wisconsin Lutheran   5019
3rd  Tosa East  4986
4th  RUHS    4274
5th  KMLHS  4122
6th  Brookfield East  3837
7th  USM    3819
8th   MSL  3141
9th   KING  2873
10th  Wash  989
11th  MKE EX  0

Two KML seniors, Ted Molkentin and Olivia Schaenzer, played on the meet's top boards. 

 The meet included more than 100 players ranging from beginner to USCF rating 1700.
 Josh Weber reviews his game with his opponent and learns from the experience.
Olivia Schaenzer picked up her hardware from the WI Junior Open - second best performance of all the 1100 rated players in the Open Division.

Monday, November 6, 2017

KML Chess Kicks Off Season at WI Junior Open

Ten KML chess players and one helpful alum spent the weekend at UW-Oshkosh for the WI Junior Open. The KML Chargers played great games and met other players from around the state.

The purpose of this event is to get us ready for the season ahead, revealing strengths and where we need to work.

  • Our seven players in the Reserve Section (under 1100 rating) – three players gained rating points, meaning they played higher rated players:
    • Melissa picked up rating points (615-630) with 2 quality wins
    • Ben picked up rating points (581-587) with 2 quality wins
    • Dylan picked up rating points (446-506) with 2 quality wins (and a bye for the SAT)
    • Xander achieved 3 wins (and a bye for the SAT) but his opponents were not rated higher so he didn’t gain rating points.
    • Luke had 3 wins (but no rating points increase)
  • Our three players in the Open Section played with the best junior players in Wisconsin!
    • Isaac played the eventual champion (rated 2100) in his first game – great experience – finished with one win and a draw overall.
    • Ted gained rating points (1399 to 1435) and finished with 1 win, 1 loss and 3 draws.
    • Olivia gained rating points (1189 to 1244) and finished with 2 wins and 1 draw.
We begin our league play soon. Go Chargers!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

2017-18 Chess Season Begins at KML

KML Chess meets Wednesdays in Room 1166 (that's the chemistry room) from 3:30 - 5 p.m. You may also find open chess in the cafeteria on Mondays after school (pending students' schedules). Drop in any time to learn, play a game, or to find out about competing for KML in matches and scrimmages against other schools.

Students in grades 7 & 8 are welcome to join us on Wednesdays and are eligible to compete with the KML team if they so choose.

See our schedule posted here in this blog. If you have questions, email advisor Angie Molkentin at