District students compete in qualifying chess tourney

Nearly 160 students from schools across the district attended the Northern Ontario Schools Chess Championship at Crossroads in Devlin on Friday.
Organizer Martin Williams noted the number of participants was up from last year—with Rainy River District having the largest tournament with 120 players.
“So we have a great shot again this year,” he noted.
The annual event was the qualifier in order to advance to the Northern Ontario regional tournament in Thunder Bay on Oct. 21.
The students—hailing from Riverview, Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program, Sturgeon Creek, McCrosson-Tovell, Our Lady of the Way, Donald Young, Crossroads, St Francis, Robert Moore, J.W. Walker, and Mine Center—played almost 800 games of chess altogether.
“We had great team of volunteers and school staff from across the district who helped make this tournament a great success,” Williams remarked.
The Royal Canadian Legion (Maj. Hughes Br. #54) sponsored the prizes again for this year’s championship—30 subscriptions to “Scholar’s Mate,” a chess magazine for kids.
The results were as follows:
•Boys’ nine and under—1. Maxwell Williams 2. Kevin Zhang, Conner Pocock, Reece Jones, and Nic Dennis 3. Shawn Brady, Blake Morken, and Isaac Firth;
 •Girls’ nine and under—1. Moriah Carradice 2. Bethany Lauzon 3. Taylor Clinker and Kelly Gooselin;
 •Boys’ 10-11—1. Blake Gustafson and John Perrault 2. James Arbuckle, Kirk Johnson, and Chris Jensen 3. Billy Lampi, Lucas Koomans, Nolan Short, and Brandon Gustafson;
 •Girls’ 10-11—1. Courtney Hansen 2. Lily Deer, Courtney Spade, and Reagan Calder 3. Jessica Robinson, Ayla Holmes, Kaayla Fox, and Alyssa Spence;
 •Boys’ 12-13—1. Dallas Jewett 2. Ian Enns, Dan Milling, Cody Mason, Zack Pocock, and Lewis Linklater 3. Ian Grant and Andre Emond
 •Girls’ 12-13—1. Elizabeth Steele 2. Summer Jim 3. Tiffany Gibbons, Taylor Windego, and Riley Brown
 •14-17—1. Jordan Bellar 2. Braeden Beller 3. Ben Luke