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Viewfinder: Media Elementary Hosts Chess Championship

Students from second to fifth grade faced off across the checkered field of battle for more than three hours.

held its first Chess Championship on Tuesday, showing off their new sets purchased through the efforts of the school's chess club founder George Chressanthis, who also ran the tournament. Chressanthis was assisted by Susan Howe and Steve Burgess.

After more than three hours of competition, fourth grader Alex Parsons emerged as the champion. Third graders Alex Roberts, and finished second, third and fourth, respectively. Prizes ranged from chess books to gold, silver and bronze medals.

The tournament was not a USCF-rated event, but stuck to USCF tournament rules where applicable as well as standard chess tournament rules such as "touch move" and proper chess etiquette during games (no talking, no electronic devices, etc.). Every student played five games of chess against players determined by standard USCF rules governing these types of tournaments (called "Swiss" system tournaments).

George Chressanthis May 15, 2011 at 06:49 AM
Thank you very much for the media coverage. First, ALL the kids were winners. I was very proud how they all played and followed USCF rules after months of practice. Lastly, here is the official list of the top finishers: Alex Parsons, Caleb Mahalik, and Alex Roberts all tied for first place with Alex Parsons winning the championship on tie-breaks. Alex Parsons and Alex Roberts also respectively won the top 5th and 3rd grade prizes. JB Peterson and Zak Burgess came in 4th and 5th respectively. Garry Wagner-Robertson and Corey Anderson respectively won the top 4th and 2nd grade prizes. Dr. George Chressanthis, Tournament Director and MES Club Teacher
Jack Houser May 15, 2011 at 03:58 PM
George - thanks for clarifying the final results, and I apologize for the mistake.
Anne Houser May 16, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Great article. Great event! Great kids!

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