Bethany's chess team was restarted in the 1990s by Dan Shenk, co-founder of Goshen's Chess for Scholastic Success, and now is coached by Dennis Monokroussos, a USCF master ranked no. 1 in Indiana. The club is sustained in part by the generous bequest of former member Jeff Bauman ('03).

The team meets weekly throughout the school year for practice and coaching. Members participate in invitational and practice tournaments, the Elkhart County Championship, and Scholastic Chess of Indiana regional and state competitions.The team is open to anyone interested: novices and those already with a USCF rating.

Bethany chess members have won 9 Elkhart County Championships since the event was started in 1987.

1991Bryan Falcon12 
1998Jeff Claassen9 
2000Jeff Claassen11 
2003Mark Bauman9 
2004Mark Bauman10 
2005Mark Bauman11 
2006Mark Bauman12 
2011Adam Krahn9 
2012Peter Schrock12*Adam Krahn second


Yearly Highlights

click on year for year-end summary.

2012: Peter Schrock ('12) and Adam Krahn ('14) win first and second in the county championship. Tim Cartmel ('18) fifth in the state tournament. Bethany ties for third in the state team tournament.

2011: Adam Krahn ('14) wins the county championships and places fourth in the state individual tournament for grade 9 and under.