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Burnt Chimney Elementary takes chess title
Over 250 students competed in division tournament
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Courtesy Photo: Burnt Chimney Elementary’s intermediate chess team took top honors in the 16th annual Chess For Kids Tournament.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Burnt Chimney Elementary's chess team won first place in the 16th annual Chess for Kids Tournament on Dec. 6 at Benjamin Franklin Middle School.

The Burnt Chimney team won in the beginner's category and the intermediate category.

Over 250 students from all county elementary schools participated in the tournament.

Beginner and intermediate level participants played three matches. Players in the advanced level played four matches.

Students who won three matches were awarded a chess medal during the awards ceremony, which followed match play. Each chess player received a certificate of participation.

School teams were awarded trophies at both the beginner and intermediate levels, based on a score generated by the number of wins for the team. Advanced level participants competed on an individual basis.

"The GATEWAY program would like to express appreciation to the students, parents, coaches, principals, judges and tournament statistician Matt Mills who made the chess program and tournament possible," said Jodie Robinson, gifted and talented coordinator for Franklin County schools.

"A special 'thank you' to Benjamin Franklin Middle School and their staff for sharing their building as the tournament venue."

Winners in the tournament:

Beginner Level:

•Individual medal winners: Corbin Bower, Maddi Brown, Chandler Drake, Jordan Drake, Robbie Knott, Luke Divers, Eli James, Romie Muse, Andrew Riddle, Magdalena Lopez, Skye Jeong and Ashleigh Dillon.

•School team winners: Burnt Chimney (1st place), Boones Mill (2nd place), Rocky Mount (3rd place).

Intermediate Level:

•Individual medal winners: Gavin Beckner, Bradley Holmes, Micheal Hurt, Stefan Knott, William Scott, Connor Deering, Michael Williams, Peter Spangler and Bryce Witcher.

•School team winners: Burnt Chimney (1st place), Lee Waid (2nd place), Glade Hill (3rd place).

Advanced Level:

•Individual medal winners: Riley Wood (Boones Mill Elementary) and Jackson Sherman (Snow Creek Elementary).

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