Aurora Winter Solstice Tournament Report
12.15.13 Thirty-five players competed in four sections at the 9th Annual Aurora Winter Solstice Tournament played at the Airline Community School in Aurora on Saturday, December 14th. Topping the crosstables were: Roger Morin and Aaron Spencer (Open), Ian Youth and Frank Collemer (U1400), Brendan Penfold (U1000) and Sam Fournier (U600 & Unrated). Thanks to all players, parents, coaches and volunteers for making this tournament a great success.
2013 Maine Chess Player of the Year Roger Morin shared first place in the Open section with
John Bapst Memorial High School Chess Coach Aaron Spencer. Both players scored 2.5 points in three rounds and drew their last round encounter.
Chester "Chess" Young shared second-third with
Out of New Jersey: Zachary Bence (USCF 1960)
Playing up: Deer Isle-Stonington student Cameron Wendell (USCF 1270) had a nice first round win over
Lance Beloungie (USCF 1814).
Bangor player Corey Dunn is back over the board.
Bangor Chess Club organizer and director Brian Hurst
Scholastic player extraordinaire Ian Youth shared first place in the U1400 section with
Greg Wadsworth (USCF 395) played with a performance rating of 1294!
Southwest Harbor chess dad and player Tony Freudig.
Medomak Middle School's Joseph Powell
Perfect Penfold: Brendan Penfold put up the only perfect score of the tournament with 4.0 points in four games in the U1000 section.
Zack Grindal scored 3.0 points in the U1000 section to tie for second place with
John Tyler Lehman.
Nicholas Kawamura tied for fourth in the U1000 section with
33 1/3 % of Team Penfold: Ben Penfold took seventh in the U1000 section.
Current K-3 Individual Maine State Champion Cyrus Grindal
Playing in her first USCF rated tournament: Jacqueline Rich
The U1000 section underway
U1000 players at the awards ceremony
Sam Fournier went undefeated with 3.5 points to win the U600 & Unrated section.
Fournier was closely followed by Sean Neal who scored 3.0 points to tie for second with
Jakob McPhee scored 2.0 points in the U600 & Unrated section along with:
Cody Jones and
The only female player in the U600 & Unrated section: Teddie Petersen
Winners all: The U600 & Unrated section
The day's greatest age difference match-up: Cyrus Grindal (age 9) vs. Lois Morin (age 39)!
After games players often partake in the age-old tradition of the postmortem. Here Roger Morin (left) and Chester Young discuss what might have been.
Brian Hurst (left) and Lance Beloungie do the same in the skittles room.
Aaron Spencer checks out the top board in the Open section.
An unexpected visitor stopped by the tournament.
One of the standouts of the Aurora Winter Solstice was the great food. Here's a homemade corn chowder with fresh baked bread.
Hope to see you at the 2014 Aurora Winter Solstice!