Friday, May 23, 2014
On Saturday, May 10, Pinckney Elementary School Chess Team hosted the End of the Year Scholastic Chess Tournament. Forty students, grades kindergarten through 12th competed in three different divisions. Pinckney Elementary School third-grader Brady Setser won the high school division with a perfect score of 4-0. Cario Middle School seventh-grader Austin Setser finished second in the high school division with a score of 3-1. Rounding out that division in third place was a four-way tie between Alex Hylton, Bohan Wang, James Staubes and Jacob Koscinski with two wins each. Hylton won third on tiebreak.
In the kindergarten through sixth-grade division, winners included the following: first, Jacob Lewis; second, Wilson Porcher; third, tie between Timothy Wilson, Braden Reed and Eshani Mehta.
In the kindergarten through third-grade division, first place went to Joshua Colangelo with a perfect score of 4-0. Second place went to Nicholas Edwards and third place was a tie between Sam Stalnaker, J.T. Ho-Mueller and Dylan Brockman. J.T. Ho-Mueller won the third-place trophy on tiebreak.
Other prize winners included best player rated under 800, James Staubes; best player rated under 600, Eshani Mehta; best unrated player, Sam Stalnaker.
After the main tournament, a “Bug House” tournament was held. Bug House is a chess variant played in teams, and each player only has five minutes to make his moves. The first-place bughouse team included Austin Setser and Jeffrey Song. Second place went to James Staubes and Bohan Wang.
Most of these students are products of chess clubs from Pinckney Elementary, Cario Middle School and Laurel Hill Primary. These clubs were established thanks to grants from the Park West Education Foundation.