Nineteen teams compete at 2nd Hillsboro chess tournament


HES student Jon Carey chews on his pencil as he plans his next move during the Hillsboro chess tournament on Satur?day.

The Hillsboro High School Chess Guild hosted its second annual tournament on Saturday.

Nineteen K-12 teams were represented with more than 80 players participating.

In the elementary-school division, Hillsboro had eight entries among the 27 total. As a team, HES placed second among eight schools. Finishing among the top 20 individual medalists were Ben Koop (8th), Reece Berens (10th), Jordan Fryover (15th), Matthew Denholm (16th), Mary Leihy (17th) and Dakota Klein (20th).

Hillsboro Middle School provided 10 of the 30 players in that division. The HMS team placed third out of five schools. Placing among the top 20 individual medalists were Daniel Gray (7th) and Jacob Humber (17th).

HHS had seven of the 26 players who competed in the upper division and placed fourth out of six schools. Finishing among the top 20 individual medalist was Justin King (7th) with four wins.

?It turned out to be another successful event with more entries than last year, so we are gradually building our reputation,? said Janet Whisenhunt chess guild sponsor.

?Several parents helped us again this year with concessions, score table, registration and coaches? hospitality room, which made the tournament possible.?

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