All Saints Winter Warm-Up Tournament Report

03.02.18 A long-time fixture on the Maine scholastic chess scene, the All Saints Winter Warm-Up, organized and directed by Steve Wong, has traditionally attracted large numbers of scholastic (and non-scholastic) players hoping to hone their skills before the State Scholastic Team Chess Championships. This year's Winter Warm-Up attracted sixty players in three US Chess rated sections: Open, K-8, and K-6.

The K-8 section at the All Saints Winter Warm-Up tournament played in Bangor on February 24, 2018.

US Chess crosstable of this event

Thanks to Mike Dudley for contributing to this report.

Ben Amar turned in a stellar performance and is racing headlong for a US Chess rating of 1900. He won the Open section with the unbeaten and untied score of 4.0 points. Aaron Spencer, Nathan Gates, and Ben Mock were just off the lead pace with 3.0 points apiece. Wyatt Hendrix, Brian Hurst, and Joseph Astumian finished in the next tier and tied for fifth place with 2.5 points.

In the twenty-nine-player K-8 section, Atticus Foster and Swaroop Handral shared equal first with 4.0 points. Seven players crowded the equal third place with 3.0 points: Tommy Owen, William Xu, Cyrus Grindal, Anthony Mitchell, Liam Hillery, Zachary Arnold, and Solomom Tyler.

John Li was all alone at the top of the K-6 section with 4.0 points. He was trailed by Walker Bayless and Joseph Clark with 3.0 points. Will Hart, Matthew Lo, and Raj Nyak shared forth place with 2.5 points.

Thanks to all who turned out to play and volunteer!

K-8 players hard at work during their games.

(From the left): Wyatt Hendrix, Brian Hurst, and Aaron Spencer analyze an endgame in the second round.

The playing room in the sixteen-player Open section

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