ORONO — The Elementary K-6 Team from Deer Isle-Stonington earned its 10th state championship in the last 12 years and its 12th overall at the Maine State Scholastic Team Chess Championships March 6 at the University of Maine in Orono.
It wasn’t easy, however.
At the end of the second round — the halfway point since there are only four rounds in the championships — Deer Isle-Stonington had only scored seven points to nine for the Airline School of Aurora. Only Soozin Cha and Bethany Humphrey had won both of their matches.
But the last two rounds were all Deer Isle-Stonington. Nine different players won both of their afternoon matches, including Humphrey and Cha, who were the only players in their division to go 4-0 for the tournament, to score a perfect 10 points, while Airline could muster only four.
The final score was 17-13 for Deer Isle-Stonington. Finishing 3-1 were sixth-grader Krisford Melanio, fifth-grader Ethan Shepard and fourth-graders Kinsey Bartlett, Mason Oliver and Brendan Penfold. Isaac and Orly Vaughn both with third and fourth round wins, finished with 2.5 and two points, as did fourth-grader Tyson Rice. Elliott Nevells and Noah Davis each contributed a win and Ennis Marshall completed the Mariner scoring with a last-round draw to give all 13 Mariner players points.
The Elementary Chess Nationals will be held in Atlanta, Ga., from May 7-9.
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