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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, January 23, 2014
Joe Brown Memorial Chess Tournament planned in Deer Isle

by Dick Powell

This Saturday, January 25, (snow date Saturday, February 1), the Chess Boosters will sponsor the eighth annual Joe Brown Memorial Chess Tournament at the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School cafeteria. The four-round tournament is in memory of Joe Brown, a DISES student and chess player who died way too young. His skill at chess was way above average as was his smile. We miss you Joe, and we will especially think of you during your tournament.

The format will be Game/15, which means if your 15 minute time has elapsed before a checkmate then you have lost the match.

There will be four sections: K-2, 3-4,5-6, and 7-8. Each section will have first, second, and third place trophies. Any ties will be settled over the chess board in a Game/5 speed format.

Registration is from noon to 12:45 p.m., and the first round will start promptly at 1 p.m. There is a modest entry fee to participate, and “lunch”/snacks will be available thanks to the chess boosters. Food is free. Dan Deluca of Aurora will be the tournament director as he has been the last five years, and any questions can be answered by Dick Powell at 667-3507. ANY kindergarten through eighth graders may participate. You don’t have to be on the DIS teams this year.

Deer Isle-Stonington entered 35 of the record 140 k-8 chess players who competed at the Ellsworth Elementary/Middle School on Tuesday, January 14.

One kindergartener, Marissa Clough, didn’t get a win (she was 0-3), but she was the youngest chess player at the meet. The DISES k-3 team won 13 and lost 27, playing against mostly fourth-eighth graders. Curtis Brown, a first grader got a single win and finished 1-3. Second grader Sean Morey was the top DISES player as he finished with five wins and a draw in his six matches.

Other second graders who scored were Julian Spofford (2-2), Brayden Martin (1-0-1), and Jarvis Eaton (1-1). Third graders with wins were Trace Brophy, Grace McGuire, and Gavin L. Eaton.

As expected, the DISES fourth-eighth graders scored much better, winning 55 matches while suffering only 20 defeats. The K-8 team has won the Maine State Scholastic Championships the last three years, and the K-6 team has won the states four times in a row.

Myles Brown led the way with a 9-0 record, edging out Andrew Pappianne who finished 8-0. Other top scorers were Ariel Larrabee (5-0), Henry Penfold( 4-0), his brother Ben Penfold (4-0-2), SooZin Cha (4-1) who won the K-12 Maine girls title in 2013, Nathan Thompson (4-1), Wyatt Eaton (3-0-2), Drew Wendell (3-0-1), McKeena Martin (3-1), Annie Reynolds (2-1), Natalie Zanke (2-1-1) and Liam Bishop (2-3). Dakota Emrick and Tommy Hutchinson rounded out the scoring with single wins.

The final chess meet of 2014, before the Maine State Scholastic Team Championships on March 8, will be held once again at the Ellsworth Elementary/Middle School on Monday, February 3, with a snow date the following day.