All Saints Winter Warmup Tournament Report

02.28.19 The All Saints Winter Warmup tournament has been a staple on the Maine scholastic chess calendar for many years. Its original purpose, and one that it still fulfills today, was to help prepare scholastic chess players for the upcoming State Scholastic Chess Championships traditionally held in March. This year's Winter Warmup, played on Saturday, February 23rd in Bangor, was offered in five sections: Open, K-12, K-8, K-6, and a non-rated K-4 section. Here's the illustrated tournament report with US Chess crosstables.



The K-8 section underway at the All saints Winter Warmup Tournament played in Bangor on Saturday, February 23rd.

US Chess crosstable of this event

Thanks to Steve Wong and Michael Dudley for contributing to this report.

Hermon High School senior Wyatt Hendrix continues to push his US Chess rating higher and higher. Hendrix scored an unbeaten 3.5 points in four games to take clear first place in the Open section of the All Saints Winter Warmup tournament played in Bangor on Saturday, February 23rd. Just off the lead was Ryan Tripp with an unbeaten performance of his own with 3.0 points and clear second place. A three-way tie for third place ensued between Ed Nevells, Nathan Gates, and Tommy Owen all who put up 2.5 points.

Tobias Coffey took first in the K-12 section with 3.5 points. William Xu scored 3.0 for sole second and Prince Wang finished in third place with 2.5 points.

In the K-8 section, Jacob Klein turned in an unbeaten and untied 4.0 points in four games for clear first place. Close on his heels were Levi Woodhead, Tala Bayless, and Parker Black all scoring 3.0 points and sharing second place.

Walker Bayless scored four points in four games for clear first in the twenty-three player K-6 section. An incredible seven-way tie for second place occurred behind Bayless between: John Li, Phineas Degre, Surya Vel, Dhruv Jain, Matthew Lo, Will Grover, and Shreyassu Handral all who scored 3.0 points.

Thanks to organizers, directors, parents, coaches, drivers, volunteers and players for making this tournament a great success. Thanks also to All Saints School for hosting.


K-12 players at the closing ceremony with tournament director Steve Wong.


K-8 players strike a similar pose.


Team Bayless!


Action in the K-12 section


Tom Sandford (left) plays Dan Robbins to a draw in round 3.


Nathan Gates (left) and Andrew Nevells during their third round encounter.


Ed Nevells (right) plays Tommy Owen in the Open section and while tournament winner Wyatt Hendrix (background left) plays Ryan Trip.


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