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Boonsboro Middle School Chess Club wins state championship

March 31, 2008|By JANET HEIM

The Pleasant Valley Elementary School Chess Club and the Boonsboro Middle School Chess Club were successful at the 2008 Maryland State Championship JV Section in Baltimore on March 15.

The Boonsboro Middle School Chess Club made it to the top, winning the JV Section, while the Pleasant Valley Elementary School Chess Club had a sixth-place JV finish.

Seventh-grader David George and sixth-grader Bronson King led the Boonsboro Middle School team, both posting 4-1 records and earning 4 points each. They both tied in the top 10 with more than 50 players in the Middle School JV Section.

Teammates seventh-grader Andrew Violet and sixth-grader Nicholas Dougherty earned 3.5 points each, sixth-graders Vincent Smith-DiLeo, Bryce King and Justin Henney earned 3 points each. Seventh-grader Randy Kines and sixth-grader Jared Brown earned 2 points each, while sixth-grader Mark Leadingham won one match.

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The Pleasant Valley team was led by fourth-grader Dominic Smith-DiLeo, who went 4-1 with 4 points and finished seventh out of more than 130 players. Fifth-graders Cory Woodhams and Elijah Ratliff both went 3-2 and 3 points.

Other teammates included second-grader Sierra Smith-DiLeo with 2.5 points, fifth-graders Logan Roberts, Ricky Guthrie and fourth-grader Evan Kerr with 2 points, fifth-grader Aaron George with 1.5 points and fourth-grader Jimmy McKenzie who earned his first win in tournament play.

Both teams are preparing for the W. Paul Engle Jr. Open Chess Tournament at Boonsboro Middle School on Saturday.

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