Bapst Fundraiser Tournament Report

04.13.08 With Georgia on their mind and a scene from White Christmas outside the window, the John Bapst chess team joined by tournament stalwart Paul Ciarrocchi and fledgling player Dana Wilson played a USCF-rated octet Friday evening April 4, 2008 in the FFA room of the Memorial Union on the University of Maine campus in Orono.

John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, Maine

Thanks to Andy Bryan for contributing to this report.

USCF Crosstable of this Event

Before sitting down to their chess boards, the John Bapst team gathered around the big screen TV in the Memorial Union to watch a segment featuring them on WLBZ's 6:00 p. m. newscast. You can watch this video here:

John Bapst Chess Team Headed To Nationals

Team members Fritz Eyerer, Aaron Spencer, Zach Smith, Maggie Bryan, Kurt Eyerer, and Daniel Honeycutt were excited about their moment of fame and had a fun, relaxed evening playing chess with each other and talking about their upcoming trip. Coach Bob Solinger remarked that this was one of the best practices of the year.

The G/35 three-round tournament held to form with only one upset in ratings: Paul Ciarrocchi defeating Zach Smith in the last round.

Top rated (1753) Fritz Eyerer went 3-0 with his longest game being in the second round with Maggie Bryan. Despite the ratings holding to form, there were many close games with Daniel Honeycutt giving both Zach Smith and Kurt Eyerer a run for their money.

Common sights after the games were analyses of the games in the back of the room. Dana Wilson, whose first tournament was the All Girls event two weeks earlier, was a ready study listening to advice from each of her competitors and still smiling at the end of the evening.

Despite the small turnout the team received some outside donations and was very pleased with the lowkey evening of chess. A special thank you to those that have sent donations. The John Bapst Crusaders will do their best to represent Maine well in Atlanta on April 18 - 20, 2008. Watch for National Senior High School Championship tournament coverage.

Andy Bryan was the tournament director.

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