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Washington Co. students excel at chess

Pleasant Valley, Boonsboro Middle take first- and second-place

Pleasant Valley, Boonsboro Middle take first- and second-place

January 18, 2008|By JANET HEIM

The Riderwood Scholastics Tournament proved a successful event for the Chess Clubs of Pleasant Valley Elementary and Boonsboro Middle Schools. Both teams are coached by Mike DiLeo.

The Pleasant Valley team took first place in the Novice Section at the tournament held at Riderwood Elementary School in Towson, Md., on Saturday, Jan. 12. The Boonsboro Middle team finished in second place.

DiLeo said the elementary school students had to play four rounds, while the middle school students had to play five rounds. They earned one point for a win and .5 for a draw.

Players who were recognized for Pleasant Valley include Logan Roberts, who scored a 4.0, which means he won all of his games. Three players scored 3 points, winning three of their four rounds - Evan Kerr with a sixth-place trophy, Ricky Guthrie with a ninth-place finish and Sierra Smith-DiLeo in 10th place.

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Elijah Ratliff earned 2.5 points, Cory Woodhams and Aaron George 2 points each, Jimmy McKenzie .5 points and Dominic Smith-DiLeo 2 points in the Reserve Section.

For Boonsboro Middle School, Vincent Smith-DiLeo scored 3 points for a seventh- place finish in the Top Under 750 Rated Player in the tournament. Other competitors included David George who scored 3 points, Justin Henney with 2.5 points, Bryce King 2 points, Andrew Violet, Orin Kuehl and Mike Carroll with 1.5 points and Bronson King 1 point.

Mike DiLeo is hoping to host a tournament on Saturday, April 5, for rated tournament players and for those who want to play for fun. The tournament would be held at Boonsboro Middle School. For more information, call DiLeo at 301-834-6810.

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