Hopefully next time we will have more full teams for our schools! A team is formed when 4 players or more from the same school play in the same division. The top four scores are added for the team score, but every win helps the team!
In chess, you either WIN or LEARN. Our other team, K-12 for LDMS had a bit of a rough go of things this time around. K-6 for Mill Valley, and K-12 for Lake Denoon are very tough because MN is a K-4 school so there are only 4th graders to draw from, and with LDMS there are only 7th and 8th graders to draw from- who are playing against high schoolers! This is where we dig in, study, play hard and play SLOW. We build CHARACTER. Things get easier in 5th/6th/11th/12th grade, when you're at the top ages for your division.
Special congratulations go to:
- Evan Seghers for going 4-0 and winning the K-12 division (tied with two others with exactly the same tie-breakers).
- Matthew Redlinger and Will Schantz for winning 4 out of their 5 games and taking the 7hh and 8th place trophies in K-6.
- Charlie Luther for winning 3/5 and barely missing the RED division. Alyssa Przedwiecki (RED since 2011) also had a nice 3/5 finish, including a win against a 717-rated player.
- Sophomore Sam Miller for losing only one game and raising his rating about 200 points, earning a win against a stronger player, and draws against a 900+ and 1200+ players.
- Tess Corners 2nd grader Nate May, for earning 2 wins in his first tournament! Nate also earns his BLUE division wrist band.
- Other first-timers Adam Putz and Jackson Mallon for playing in their first tournament and playing hard. This was a great experience for them and is something to build on. It took a lot of guts for Adam, Jackson and Nate to jump into their first tournament before they'd earned their BLUE division wrist band, and we hope they learned a great deal from their first tournament experience.
- Andrew Hirt, for jumping back into tournaments after some time off, and for showing strong character in a tough day for LDMS K-12. Andrew has many good tournaments in the past, and he will again. Again, tough day for LDMS K-12, where our 7th and 8th graders were playing against high schoolers.