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Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, January 30, 2014
Competitive match-ups dominate annual tournament

Eighth annual Joe Brown Memorial Tournament in Deer Isle

More than two dozen students participated in the eighth annual Joe Brown Memorial Tournament at the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School on January 25.

Photo courtesy of Dan DeLuca

by Dick Powell

On Saturday, January 25, 26 young chess players took part in the eighth annual Joe Brown Chess Tournament to remember a former DI-S chess player who tragically died in an ATV accident.

Each player completed four rounds in a Game/15 format(if your clock reaches 15 minutes you have lost.)

In the K-2 group, second grader Gavin C. Eaton was perfect for the day with a 4-0 record to take first place. Gavin upset fellow second grader Brayden Martin in the very first round, and Martin, with two wins and a draw in the next three rounds, took second. Maya Brown and Owen Stapes tied for third, but Brown took the trophy on tie-breaks.

In the 3-4 section, Maya’s sister Macey took first followed by Henry Penfold in second and Gavin L. Eaton in third.

The 5-6 division had the most contestants—nine—and some of the closest matches. Oliver Brown, a fifth grader from Lamoine who was second last year, was a perfect 4-0 to insure a first place finish. He didn’t even have to play last year’s number one—Rylee Eaton—since she was upset in the third round by Andrew Pappianne. Pappianne gave it his best shot against Brown but was defeated and settled for third place. Sixth grader Benjamin Penfold was second losing only to Brown.

In the 7-8 division, Brendan Penfold was undefeated to take first; SooZin Cha was second and Orly Vaughn was third.

With the Ciomeis gone, the Penfolds are taking over. They took home a first place trophy and two second place trophies.

As usual, the DI-S Chess Boosters had provided more food than these growing young people could consume (just barely), and the tournament couldn’t have taken place without the direction of Dan Deluca who came all the way from Aurora on a less-than-perfect travel day for the fifth consecutive year! Our heartfelt thanks Dan!