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Farmersville Chess Club crowned again

Farmersville Chess Club crowned again

Farmersville Chess Club continued to crown its competition across the Valley this week. On March 9, Farmersville Chess attended the Dry Creek Tournament in Clovis where local players continued to shine and show their amazing skills in Chess.

Defending Tulare County Chess Champion Calise Rubio swept the competition going five for five en route to a first place finish in a field of 42 players in the K-3 division. For Snowden Elementary School classmates joined her in the Top 10 including Rosa Carillo (10th), Joel Santiago (9th), Nathanel Garcia (8th) and Caleb Stroud (5th). Savannah Gasca and Luis Gutierrez received Scholastic Achievement and Samuel Espinoza and Leonard Hernandez were Honorable Mentions. All helped Farmersville’s K-3 team take first place among six other schools.

Farmersville also took first place for the team in the 4-6 division made up of four schools. Freedom Elementary students Kevin Villapando and Mathew Salgado both went undefeated and tied for first place in the division, beating out more than 100 players. Classmates in the Top 10 were Abraham Santiago (9th), Robert Loza (6th) and Jazmine Morales (3rd). Honorable Mentions included Jazlynn Morales, Jose Rita and Benjamin Rita. For the entire tournament, out of both divisions, Michael Diaz finished fifth overall and Cris Santos finished with an Honorable Mention.

“If you know any of our chess players please let them know how proud we are of them,” Snowden Chess Coach Jodie Faiman said.

Fairman said the team is now working on fund-raisers to earn money for the State Competition coming April 27-28 in Santa Clara, Calif. She said both teams will need to raise $5,000 for fees and transportation due to the large size of this year’s teams. Faiman said there are several ways to help Farmersville Chess reach its goals. For $60 you can sponsor one of the 55 players for tournament fees. The chess club will also be holding two upcoming events in which they would appreciate your support.

On Saturday, March 23, the Club will hold a Car Wash and Yard Sale on the corner of Farmersville Boulevard and Ash Street. Pre-sale car wash tickets can be purchased for a donation of $5 from any Chess Club member or you can pay at the event. They will be accepting donated items inn good, usable condition for the yard sale on the morning of the event.

“Do some Spring cleaning early and drop off anything you can donate or come to look for treasures,” Faiman said.

Faiman said the club is also asking people to mark their calendars and have a lunch/dinner with the players! Take a night off from cooking with our fundraiser on April 5th that will include The club will serve a pulled pork, rice pilaf, salad and roll on April 5. More details will be released in the coming weeks.

“Our players and parents are working hard to earn the money we need. If anyone has connections to community organizations or businesses that can sponsor us please let Mrs. Quintanar, Mr. Knutson, or myself know.”

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