Results of Winterfest
Scholastic Chess Tournament
Deer Park ~ January 21, 2017
~by James Stripes
The sixteenth annual Winterfest youth chess tournament featured the broadest age range possible. The oldest participant was a high school senior returning to competition after a six year gap, and the youngest was a three year old trying his first event.
There were 36 participants from nineteen schools. Three schools with four or more players battled for the two team trophies. Once again, Libby placed first with 15.0. Saint George's School (14.0) took home the trophy for second place team.
The K-12 section was grades 4+ with one second grader opting to play up. All participants scoring 3.0 or more took home hardware. Mathew Wasson (5.0) was first. Varun Ambalavanan (4.0) had stronger tie-breaks than Drew Lindh (4.0) and took home the second place trophy, while Drew won first in high school. Mia Sponseller (3.5) won first in middle school. With 3.0, Annie Alvarez was first in sixth grade, Cole Knapton was firsst in fourth, amd Liam Reeves was first in grade five. Oliver Ling (3.0) took home the prize for biggest upset.
See full results with RATING UPDATE.