Scholastic Individual Championships Tournament Report

04.12.11 Seventy-three scholastic chess players gathered at the University of Maine Memorial Union in Orono on March 19, 2011 to duel for individual honors in K-3, K-6, K-8, and K-12 championship and Under 1200 sections. The hard-fought games often went down to the last moment of the allotted time, and saw both interesting and surprising results.

William Xu, the youngest player in the tournament and brother of High School Individual Champion Keji Xu, competed in the K-3 Championship section of the Scholastic Individual Championships on March 19, 2011 at the University of Maine at Orono.

Thanks to Ron Lewis for contributing to this report.

Winners of the K-3, K-6, K-8 and K-12 championship sections become the 2010 State Primary, Elementary, Junior High and High School Champions. Trophies are awarded to the top three finishers in each section. In cases of ties, the top players become co-champions or share that tied position, and the awarding of trophies is done based on how well the players score in the early rounds and/or how well their opponents do. Younger players may play higher than their current grade level in the Individuals, as skill and rating levels are more important than age.

In the K-3 section, Itai Boss of Stillwater Montessori scored a perfect 4.0 (four wins, no losses) to take top honors. Second place, with three points, went to Rylee Eaton of Deer Isle-Stonington (DIS). Tied for third with two points each were Cam Stewart, Cole Stewart, Ben Penfold, all of Deer Isle-Stonington, Josephine Freccero of Cape Elizabeth, Cyrus Grindal of Airline Community School, and Liam Farrell, Stillwater Montessori. On tie-breaks, the third place trophy went to Cam Stewart.

In the K-6 section, Eric Youth (Breakwater School) scored 3.5 points and is the 2010 Maine Elementary School Champion. Five players tied with 3.0 scores for second place: Brendan Penfold (DIS), Stuart MacKay (Stillwater Montessori), Oliver Sheehan (Airline), Orly Vaughn (DIS), and Zachary Grindal (Airline). On tie-breaks, Brendan took the second place trophy and Stuart, the third place hardware.

In the K-8 Junior High section, Matthew Fishbein of Cape Elizabeth posted four straight wins to become the Maine Junior High Champion. Matthew, last year's High School Champion, was ineligible to represent the State at the Denker Tournament of High School Champions due to the fact that he was in sixth grade. There is now a Junior High School Championship Tournament equivalent to the Denker, and Matthew wanted to qualify to represent the State in that tournament. In second place tied with three points were Ian Youth (Breakwater), Haley DeLuca Lowell (Airline), and Anna Bryan (Airline). In awarding the second and third place trophies on tie-breaks, second went to Ian, and third to Haley.

In the K-12 Under 1200 section (referring to the players' US Chess Federation ratings), first place went to Andrew Turner (DIS) with 3.5 points. Colin Smith of Cape Elizabeth finished second with three points. Third place was a tie between David Bickford-Duane (John Bapst) and Isaiah Fallon of Ellsworth High with 2.5 points each. On tie breaks, the third place trophy went to David.

In the K-12 High School Championship section, top seed * of Cape Elizabeth faced Keji Xu of Bangor in the final round, each with 3-0 point scores leading to that encounter. Keji prevailed in a difficult pawns and bishop versus pawns and knight endgame to become the State High School Champion and eligible for the National Denker Tournament of High School Champions. Three players tied with three points each: *, William Bonney of Kennebunk High School, and Wesley Parker of Cape Elizabeth. On tie breaks, the second place trophy went to Ethan, and the third place trophy to William.

In the Sidekick Quads event held for adults with proceeds benefiting scholastic chess through the Maine Association of Chess Coaches, Max Berube scored a perfect 3-0 in Quad 1. A quad format set up groups of four players with similar ratings, each one playing a game against each of the other players in that quad. In Quad 2, Alba Briggs, Collin Calhoun, and Andy Vaughn each scored two points to tie for their event. The Sidekick event was led and directed by Maine Chess Association president Andy Bryan.

The Leader for the Individuals Tournament was Kurt Klappenbach. Andy Bryan coordinated trophies for the event. Tournament Directors, organized by the Maine Chess Association, were Dan DeLuca and Andy Bryan for the K-3 and K-6 sections, Philip Lowell for the K-8 section, and Steve Abrahams for the two K-12 sections. Thanks to parents and coaches for their support, and thanks to the University of Maine for again hosting this event.

USCF Crosstable of the K-3 and K-6 Championship Sections

USCF Crosstable of the K-8 Championship Section

USCF Crosstable of the High School Championship and U1200 Section

USCF Crosstable of the Sidekick Quads)

Keji Xu stands to accept congratulations from his fellow players after winning his final game in the High School Championship section. This victory qualifies Xu for the prestigious Denker Tournament of High School Champions to be played later this year.

Trailing Xu with 3.0 points were *...

William Bonney and...

Wesley Parker

Jan Porstmann was one of six players scoring 2.0 points, the others were:

Matthew Reale-Hatem

Brett Parker

Maggie Bryan

Kurt Eyerer and...

Josh Shuman

Paul Rudnicki was one of three players scoring 1.0 point along with...

Jaiwei Zou and...

Zach Hamilton

Conner Maines

Winners in the K-12 section (left to right): William Bonney (tied for 2nd), Wesley Parker (tied for 2nd), * (tied for 2nd) and Keji Xu (1st)

Andrew Turner won the High School U1200 section with 3.5 points

Trailing Turner and taking sole possession of second place: Colin Smith

David Bickford-Duane scored 2.5 points to tied for third place with...

Isaiah Fallon

Robert Freccero

Patrick Coyne

Jacob Chubbuck

Brandon Crocker

Winners in the High School U1200 section (left to right): Colin Smith (2nd), Andrew Turner (1st), David Bickford-Duane (tied for 3rd) and Isaiah Fallon (tied for 3rd).

In the K-8 Championship section Matthew Fishbein scored a perfect 4.0 points in four games to take the title and qualify for the National K-8 Invitational Championships.

Three players tied for second place with 3.0 points: Ian Youth

Haley DeLuca Lowell and...

Anna Bryan

Ezra Briggs scored 2.5 points along with:

George Spahn

Helen Zhang

Justin O'Brien

Krisford Melanio and...

Alex Fergusson

Conor Thompson

Jasper Hansel

Anthony Bottie

Langdon Holly

Andrew Jones

Cameron Wendell

Bethany Humphrey

Isaac Vaughn

Aiden Coyne

Sean McAvoy

Andrew Balser

Reid Rauch

Winners in the K-8 section (left to right): Haley DeLuca Lowell (tied for 2nd), Anna Bryan (tied for 2nd), Ian Youth (tied for 2nd) and Matthew Fishbein (1st)

The championship game in the K-6 section was played by Brendan Penfold of Deer Isle-Stonington (left) and Eric Youth (Breakwater School).

After a hard-fought battle Eric Youth (right) managed to win the game and earn the K-6 title.

The third round game Eric Youth (left) vs Soozin Cha attracted quite a crowd of kibitzers--it ended in a draw.

Winners in the K-6 section (left to right): Orly Vaughn (tied for 2nd), Oliver Sheehan (tied for 2nd), Zach Grindal (tied for 2nd), Eric Youth (1st), Stuart MacKay (tied for 2nd) and Brendan Penfold (tied for 2nd).

Itai Boss of the Stillwater Montessori School won the K-3 section with a perfect 4.0 points in four games.

Rylee Eaton took clear second with 3.0 points.

Cam Stewart tied for second place with 2.0 points along with...

Liam Farrell

Ben Penfold

Josephine Freccero

Cyrus Grindal and...

Cole Stewart

K-3 First: Itai Boss

K-3 Second: Rylee Eaton

Other winners in the K-3 section: (left to right): Liam Farrell, Cyrus Grindal, Cole Stewart, Josephine Freccero, Ben Penfold and Cam Stewart (all tied for 3rd)

Max Berube won Quad 1 in the Sidekick Quads with 3.0 points.

Second in Quad 1: Jonathan Dearing

Alba (Hoty) Briggs took third in Quad 1.

Ryan Tripp

A three-way tie ensued in Quad 2 between Collin Calhoun...

Alba Briggs and...

Andrew Vaughn

Mark Parker

Thanks again to all those who made this tournament a great success!

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