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Local chess players compete in tournament

January 26, 2009

Chess players from Pleasant Valley Elementary and Boonsboro Middle/High schools participated in the Dumbarton Scholastic Chess Tournament at Dumbarton Middle School in Towson, Md., Jan. 10.

Evan Kerr, a fifth-grader at Pleasant Valley, earned a ninth-place trophy in the novice section with a 3-1 record. Also in the novice section were Sierra Smith-DiLeo, a third-grader who finished with 2.5 out of 4.0 points and third-grader Nicholas Kidwell, who won a game in his first rated tournament. The novice section had 72 players with a U.S. Chess Federation rating of under 500.

Also representing Pleasant Valley was Dominic Smith-DiLeo, a fifth-grader who played in the elementary reserve section. Forty-eight players were in this section for elementary school players with a USCF rating above 500 but less than 900. Dominic earned two points in a tough section.

Sixteen players represented Boonsboro Middle/High School in the tournament in the middle/high school reserve section. Highest scorers were seventh-grader Bronson King and sixth-grader Ricky Warrick, who earned 2.5 out of 5.0 points. Finishing with 2.0 points were eighth-grader Randy Kines, seventh-graders Vincent Smith-DiLeo and Bryce King, and sixth-graders Aaron George, Dakota Pfeiffer and Cory Woodhams.

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Also representing Boonsboro were Jason George, David George, Nicholas Dougherty, Orin Kuehl, Amanda Frey, Austin Fowler, Mason O'Neill and Gunner Ingram.

The schools' next chess tournament will be the second annual W. Paul Engle Jr. Open and Scholastic Tournament at Boonsboro Middle School, Saturday, Feb. 21.

The event is co-sponsored by the PVE/BMS Chess Club and the Maryland Chess Association.

For more information, call Mike DiLeo at 301-834-6810.

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