Local chess players advance to nationals

Recently, 191 chess players from all over Northern Ontario converged on Thunder Bay to battle it out in the Northern Ontario Schools’ Chess Championship finals.
From Iroquois Falls to Rainy River, the players came to test their skill and strategy.
For some of our players, it was a new experience to be playing in the NOSCC finals while, for our seasoned veterans, it was an opportunity to face old rivals once again.
Our schools won many games and faced a wide variety of tactics. And at the end of the day, all were proud of their accomplishments.
In addition to winning a number of medals, we once again have players who qualified to attend the Canadian Youth Chess Championships to be held in Quebec City next summer!
The qualifiers included:
•Lemuel Carradice (bronze, three pts);
•Moriah Carradice (silver, 3.5 pts);
•Cynthia Morrison (bronze, three pts);
•Maxwell Williams (gold, four pts);
•Jamie Blattner (bronze, three pts);
•Chris Jensen (bronze, three pts);
•Blake Gustafson (silver, four pts); and
•Courtney Hansen (bronze, three pts)
Also competing in Thunder Bay were Connor Grynol (two points), Darrell Jonasson (two), Joey Angus (three), Alex Stewart (2.5), Tanner Angus (2.5), Brielle Byma (two), Matthew Grant (1.5), Terrell Mosher (three), Chris Silver (two), Bethany Sinninghe (2.5), and Nolin Spuzak (three).
Rounding out the local competitors were Nic Dennis (2.5 points), Isaac Firth (two), Turner Redford (1.5), Dustin Good (one), Daniel Milling (three), Ian Enns (two), Daniel Dennis (one), Riley Brown (one), Justin Whitecrow (two), and William Whitecrow (two).
Congratulations to all the players for a job well-done!