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Patterson, Santora win in Sardinia

Is it possible to win 2 chess tournaments in the same day?

The answer is yes!

3rd grader Sam Santora did it last Saturday at Sardinia, tying Pat Patterson for first in the adult section and winning the Scholastic section outright.

Patterson was nicked for a draw by Nathan Palmisano in the first round while Santora took a half point bye. Both won their next two games to split first place.

Ryan Madden, Chris and Wes Darling, Ryan Palmisano, Todd Thompson, and Lucas Grisanti also participated.

In the scholastic section Sam edged out Chris Darling, Todd Thompson, and James Lyon of Hamburg to win the trophy. Max Peters, Zach Madden, Wes Darling, Brad Schrock, Luke Grisanti, and newcomer James Ruppert also participated.

Congrats to Sam for his fine performance! also to Luke Grisanti, Todd Thompson, and Wes and Chris Darling who also played in both adult and scholastic sections.

Next tournament March 5. See you then!


  1. Congratlations, Sam!
    See you wednesday.

  2. Sure glad I got Sam's autograph now (before he starts accumulating GM norms!) Congrats to everyone and especially to Sam, Pat and Nathan (impressive draw!)