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Area students finish strong in chess tournament

posted Apr 15, 2020, 6:52 AM by Christine Guerette

Apr 14, 2020
Source: chessmaine.netMembers of the Capt. Albert Stevens School co-championship K-3 team celebrate their success in the state chess tournament last month.

Players from schools in the Belfast area, Lincolnville and Camden-Rockport posted strong finishes in the statewide Maine Scholastic Team Chess Championships at the University of Maine last month. Some 50 schools from across the state participated.

According to accounts posted on chessmaine.net and the Regional School Unit 71 websites, Orono High School dominated the High School Team Championship section with 17.5 points out of a possible 20.

In the High School Reserve section (12 teams, 42 students), Belfast Area High School took third with 7.0 points, and Eli Slaughter took an individual first place with four wins — he was undefeated. Ronin Deschamps finished in seventh place individual with three wins.

Bonny Eagle Middle School scored 17.0 points to take first place in the Middle School Championship section. Camden-Rockport Elementary School, just off the lead with 14.0 points, took third.

Troy Howard Middle School finished 10th among the 13 teams competing for this championship. Rohan Joseph posted 2.5 wins; Gabe Austin, two wins; Brogan Mcavoy, two wins; Emma Dietz, one win; and Haylie Whitney, one draw.

In the Elementary Grades 4-5 Division (11 teams, 61 students), the Ames/Nickerson team tied for first in wins and ranked second after tie-breakers. Justin Massay was the fifth-place student with three wins, one draw. Avery Gobin was sixth-place student with three wins; Cole Gerrish, ninth place, three wins; Austin Ames, 13th place, three wins; and Connor Faulkingham finished with two wins.

CASS took fourth place in the 4-5 Division. Alex Miller, Ibis Bird and Silas Ociepka finished with three wins each; Ian Beal with 2.5 wins; Seth Whitney with two wins; and Kathleen Hutchinson, Kingston Lawrence and Kaden Grigor, one win each.

Lincolnville Central placed eighth in the 4-5 Division. Gabriel Lippman finished with three wins, Noah Seliger with two and Andrew O'Brien with one.

A two-way tie ensued in the K-3 Championship section (nine teams, 39 players) between Camden-Rockport Elementary School and Capt. Albert Stevens School in Belfast, each of which put up 3.0 points and share the title of Maine K-3 Champions.

For Camden-Rockport, Dario Ravelli, Victor Clayton and Oliver Mitchell posted three wins each, while Ruth Prendergast and Jonathan Fernald each won two games.

From CASS, Avery Adams, Wes Engstrom, Maxwell Dyer and Lucas Canning scored three wins each; Pierson Dietz, 2.5 wins; and Scarlett Amber, one win.

Lincolnville Central School was just one draw (half a point) back with 8.5 points. For LCS, Oren Hurley and Jonathan O'Brien posted three wins each; Maggie Harbaugh and Ray Beach, 2.5 wins each; Lily Fishman and Anderson Janaitis, two each; and Eva Hurley, one win.

In the K-1 section, Camden-Rockport Elementary School took clear first with 8.5 points, and Lincolnville Central School finished second with 6.5.

CRES winners were William Kaplan with four wins; Julian Funk, three wins; Benjamin Pierce, 1.5 wins; and Oscar Prendergast, one win.

Playing for LCS in this section were Clara Harbaugh, three wins; Charles Small, two wins; Silas Beach, 1.5 wins; and Freddie Fishman, one win.

Raegan Adams, sole player for the CASS team in this section, won two games and her team placed sixth.

This was the first year Maine ran a separate K-1 division in the Teams Championship and Bruce Haffner, who coaches chess at several Midcoast schools, called it a “huge success.” Thirteen students entered: four from Camden-Rockport, three from Lincolnville Central, two from Deer Isle-Stonington and one each from Bangor Montessori, Hope, and Capt. Albert Stevens.

"The benefits of chess are straightforward," Coach Haffner said in commentary on the chessmaine.net website. "Chess teaches logic, science (the scientific method of developing a plan, testing it, adjusting it and re-testing it is the basis of planning and learning) and creativity."


Ames-Nickerson co-champs in the state chess championship K-5 section. The competition was held last month at the University of Maine, Orono. (Source: chessmaine.net)
Members of the Capt. Albert Stevens Grades 4-5 chess team, which took fourth place in its section during the state championship last month. (Source: RSU 71 Website)