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Local chess teams bring home trophies
Players, teams win awards in championship tourney
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Courtesy Photo: Franklin County High School’s chess team competed recently at the national chess tournament in Orlando, Fla. Above, from left, are Devin McCulley, Zachary Anderson, Bryce Morrison, Dalton Ruggieri and Johnny Hughes.
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Friday, February 28, 2014

The chess teams from Benjamin Franklin Middle School and Franklin County High School have been busy bringing home trophies and awards from recent tournaments.

Both teams competed in the Atlantic Coast Championship Tournament last week in Roanoke with BFMS winning first place and FCHS coming in second.

Competing against five other middle schools, BFMS led the way in the first two rounds, but fell behind by one point after the third round. BFMS won the games it needed in the fourth round to edge out James Madison Middle School by just one-half a point to take first place.

Top scorers for BFMS were Alec Kincer, Jared Jamison, Nicholas Robinson and Mason McGrady. Robinson, Kincer and Jamison were all tied for second place overall and took home individual trophies. McGrady placed sixth overall and took home an individual trophy as well.

There were 16 middle school students from BFMS competing in that tournament.

The high school team placed second, one-half point behind Patrick Henry High School. Team leaders for the high school include Chase Cobbs, Andrew Williams, Devin McCulley and Cassidy Anderson. Each contributed wins to the second-place finish.

The BFMS team also competed in the Roanoke City Championships last month and won first place. The team will be competing in the Virginia Scholastic Chess Championships March 15 through 16 at William Fleming High School in Roanoke.

Back in December, the high school sent five players to the 2013 National K-12 Championships in Orlando, Fla.

The three-day competition saw over 1,400 players from 39 states.

Those playing in that competition included Dalton Ruggieri, Zachary Anderson, Johnny Hughes, Bryce Morrison and Devin McCulley.

Players in scholastic chess earn ratings based on their previous performance at tournaments. Awards are given based on overall play in the tournament and success within a player's rating class.

Three players came home with trophies for their wins in their rating class. Anderson scored a first-place trophy in the 11th grade 1000-1199 class. Hughes won a third-place trophy in the 11th grade Under 1000 class. Morrison brought home a second-place trophy in the 9th grade Under 800 class.

The high school team is coached by Jeff Heinbaugh, and the middle school team is coached by Chris Anderson.

"All of the players did a great job representing their school and county against some of the best competition in the nation," said Anderson.

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