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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Kids win chess trophy for school first time in 21 years

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Hello everyone,
It thrills us to know whenever someone is having fun with chess. So, we share this nice chess news about 10 talented students representing Jefferson Jr. High School in Woodridge who have, for the first time in 21 years, won the Southeast Dupage Elementary Athletic Association Chess Tournament held at Lace School in Darien Saturday.

The Jefferson team captured first place in the season-ending match-up against six other teams in the school conference, pulling an upset over top-ranked Cass Jr. High School in Darien.

The local players also bring back another trophy to Jefferson for coming in third place in the season with a 7-5 record. Wechman had been telling the nine boys and one girl for days that he knew they could checkmate their way to a surprise win at the tournament.. Each team consists of 10 players ranked by their coach from first to tenth based on chess ability and past performance. The top player of one team competes only against the top players from the other teams at the first board level, on down to the tenth board level.

Five players from Jefferson took home those championship medals for winning their board level: Bashkim on third board, Austin Moca on fourth board, Amber Moca on seventh board, Walter Marsh on eighth board and Anish on tenth board. Four of them won all four games, and Amber won three games and had a draw (worth half a point) in one game.

Three of the champions – Austin, Amber and Marsh – are still in elementary school but were invited to join the team based on their superb chess ability. Austin is in sixth grade, and his sister Amber is in fourth grade at Willow Creek school; Marsh is in fifth grade.

We wish them all great fun with chess always.

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