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Students Shine at Belfast Library Chess Tournament

posted Feb 14, 2020, 5:03 AM by Christine Guerette

On Tuesday, February 11, the Belfast Free Library, in conjunction with the RSU#71 Chess Program, hosted a winter elementary school chess tournament. Thirty-one students from the CASS, Nickerson, and Ames Elementary Schools and one from Cornerspring Montessori School participated. These students have either been part of the Belfast Free Library's Friday chess program or on their school's chess team.

The competition was divided into two sections: Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-5. All students played nearly 10 games, demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and did a great job implementing their chess skills! 

Top players included:

Grades 1-3

1st: Avery Adams, CASS

2nd: Luke Canning, CASS

3rd: Max Dyer, CASS

4th: Wes Engstrom, CASS, Scarlett Amber, CASS

Grades 4/5: 

1st place: Alex Miller (CASS)

2nd place: Cole Gerrish (Ames), Austin Ames (Ames) and Avery Gobin (Ames)

3rd place: Silas Ociepka (CASS) and Justin Massey (Ames)

The Belfast Free Library Chess Program meets on Fridays from 12:30-2:00 and is coached by midcoast chess program director, Bruce Haffner of Hope. Erica Rubin Irish, BFL children's librarian, coordinates the program. For more information on involving children in this program please visit www.belfastlibrary.org or call (207) 338-3884 ext. 24. 

This tournament was the final local tournament helping to prepare local students for the Maine State Chess Team Tournament scheduled for March 7 at UMO. Congratulations to all participating students!! It was a great day and a lot of intellectual fun! Participating students are listed below.

In addition to this event, last Sunday Coach Bruce hosted a regional tournament at the Lincolnville Center School with students from Lincolnville, Hope, Appleton, Camden, Searsmont, and Belfast participating. Alex Miller, 4th grade student at CASS, took home the first place trophy at this meet as well. He has been named a co-captain of the CASS Chess Team as they head to states.

Congratulations to all RSU#71 participating students.

5th grade: Austin Ames, Justin Massey, Cole Gerrish, Brody Balicki, Michael Box , Kathlee Hutchingson, Ibis Bird, Seth Whitney, Kingston Lawrence, Carter Raymond

4th: Ian Beal, Silas Ociepka, Alex Miller, Kaden Greiger, Alex Young 

3rd: Avery Adams, Luke Canning, Scarlett Amber, Pierson Dietz, Max Dyer, Ava Cyr, Braylee Woodrow, Garett Thomas

2nd: Mason Goulart, Hunter Seekins, Gabe Neal

1st: Raegan Adams