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Scholastic Unrated #11 Report

A total of 35 players competed in this weekend's Scholastic #11 at Genesee Valley Central School directed by "the old woodpusher"-Garry Reynolds. Coach Tom Warner's Pioneer Team was particularly impressive. Trophyies and chess clocks were awarded to those who finished in 1st through 3rd place in each section.
In the K-6 section, Sam Tillinghast (493) from Pioneer went a perfect 5 of 5 to take first place. Chris Darling (813), also from Pioneer was second going 4/5. Rayelle Nelling (315p) from Bradford was third but also was 4 of 5.
In the 7-12 section, Luke Duttweiler (unrated) of the host school Genesee Valley Central School, was clear first going a perfect 5 of 5. Luke has been a first place champion in these tournaments now a total of 4 times. Finishing second was Austin Kossow (899) from Pioneer at 4/5. Third place was shared by the Palmisaro brothers Ryan (884) and Nathan (691) both from Pioneer at 3.5/5.
Special Note: There have had over 230 different students play in these events since it's humble beginnings and a total of 412 players overall!


  1. Garry
    Thanks for a well run tournament. We'll see you at the next one in the spring. These tournaments are very good, especially for beginners. I would recommend them highly for all coaches.

  2. Garry, It was nice to finally meet you and have my two teams participate in a such a well run tournament. I hope to bring more students next year. Lunch was great with the subs, a different idea for a pizza crowd. I did like the large wall chart for all to see. Alot of my players were beginners to the tournament format and I was glad to see how they handled the competition and how they grew knowing that we are encouraging and preparing them for tournament play. Thanks for your dedication, commitment and loyalty to help grow chess in New York State. Great Job to all those volunteers that helped.
    Mc Duffie, Chess Ambassador