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Holding Opponents In Check

Holding Opponents In Check

On Jan. 26, Farmersville hosted the Tulare County Chess Championship at Freedom Elementary School. Critical thinking was at a premium level during the full day of tournament play. As the day progressed, the intensity of the games escalated to new heights.

“There is something amazing in seeing over 200 students, Kindergarten through 12th grade, sitting at rows upon rows of chess boards, clocks, and notation pads and the only thing you hear are the pieces being moved. It is an awe inspiring sight to witness. These kids are amazing,” shared Mrs. Bryaann Ruby, a valued supporter since the team’s first trip to State Competition.

“We came prepared to dominate the play,” said Rachel Quintanar the 4th-6th grade coach from Freedom. The results of the day speak for themselves.”

Snowden took home the First Place Team trophy in K-3, 4-6, and the rated section with only four players representing. Isacc Alaniz had an impressive day of play for the higher level competition and came away with the first place individual trophy trophy as well as the Tulare County Chess Championship title. The title was his first at the more advanced level of play.

Farmersville Chess Club brought 22 players to the K-3 unrated section, 31 players to the 4-6 unrated section and a small team of four to the advanced rated section.

The results for the K-3 Section were as follows: 10th place, Leticia Poblete; 9th place, Caleb Stroud; 8th place, Savannah Gasca; 7th place Leonard Hernandez; 6th place, Joel Santiago; 5th place, Brenda Mellado; and tying for 1st place with 4 1/2 wins out of five is a second grader in her first year of competition, Calise Rubio. Calise also gained the title of Tulare County Chess Champion for the K-3 Division.

Results for the

4-6 Unrated Section were as follows:9th place Alexian Diaz, 5th place Kevin Villapando, 3rd place Xavier Martinez, and obtaining a tie for 1st place and sharing the Tulare County Chess Championship Title was Cris Santos.

“We are working towards expanding our successful program to our Jr. High next year if funding permits.” stated Jodie Faiman, Chess Director and 2-3 Coach.

“We are actively seeking clubs, local businesses, and companies to partner with us. Thank you to all the people who make this success possible. We appreciate you taking the time to stop by and lend your support to our amazing students.”

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