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Jr Chess Olympic results

51 kids jam packed the Sardinia Town Hall last Saturday for the 25th USA Jr Chess Olympics. Pioneer Central won both 7-12 and k-6 team events, holding off a strong challenge in both sections from the Global Concepts Charter School of Lackawanna, coached by Tony Cirillo. The k-6 section was especially close with only 1 point separating Pioneer, second place Global Concepts, and third place Mackenzie team from Erie,Pa. Other teams participating were Genessee County Charter School of Rochester, City Club of Buffalo,and Genessee Valley Central School from the Southern Tier. The cross table is available at Ian Mackenzie(1660) from Erie,Pa. went 5-0 to win the individual trophy in the very strong 7-12 section. Ryan Madden(1635), Austin Kossow(1101), both of Pioneer,and John Osborn(930) of the City Club of Buffalo,tied for 2nd. Ian's brother Alden(unr) also went 5-0 to win the k-6 trophy. Pioneer's Chris Darling(813) and Nathan Palmisano(691), along with 2nd grader Sam Santora (1206) of Global Concepts and Quinn Mackenzie(5 yrs old!)tied for second with 4pts. A special shout out to the Mackenzie family of Erie,Pa. who traveled for 3 hrs (leaving their home at 6:30am!)to get here. Ian, Alden, Quinn and his 5 yr old twin Roy(who won 3 games) are all excellent chess players and very nice people. Also thanks to all the parents and coaches for their help. It wouldn't have happened without them. A special thanks to Mark Mieth ( the chess doctor) for donating the medals.

1 comment:

  1. What a great event! Well done Tom and all the chess coaches and parents. Next year let's double the turnout and get over 100 youth players!