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Monday, March 5, 2012

Murray students compete in the State Team Chess Tournament

The Murray Middle and Elementary School students who qualified in the recent regional tournament, traveled to Louisville to compete in the State Championships. They were accompanied by Sponsor Martin Son and Coach Wayne Bell and a host of parents.

The middle school team of Sam Lewis, Aaron Sikkel, Talon Cole and Charlie Gannon were missing some of their strong players, but still made a good showing. Team Captain Sam Lewis scored 2.5 – 1.5 on board one and Talon Cole had a very strong 3 – 1 score on board 3.

The primary team of Nikolas Holcomb, Andrew Orr, Kevin Xu, Caleb Cauley, and Jack Gannon was brand new and none of them had ever played in competition with other schools before Jan 21 of this year. Team Captain Nikolas Holcomb played on board one, which is the toughest place to be on a 4 board team. Andrew Orr played on board two, the second hottest spot. The team was strong and deep, on board four Caleb Cauley got his best score yet with 2.5 – 1.5 and on board three Kevin Xu had another outstanding 3 – 1. The team exceeded all of the expectations of Bell and their sponsor, Jaqueline Robinson, and scored 2 team points out of a possible 4. Bell predicts that next year they will be competitive to get the other 2 points.

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