ELLSWORTH — Several Hancock County chess players placed at the Maine Scholastic championships in March.
More than 250 K-12 players turned out for the Maine Scholastic team championship on March 12 as well as the Maine Scholastic individual championship on March 26.
“Some of these young chess players come from families where everyone plays chess,” said Ellsworth chess club member, Dick Powell. “Hancock County is certainly family chess territory, and the rest of Maine is well aware of their success.”
This year, the Penfolds from Deer Isle and the Brown Patricios from Lamoine left their marks on Maine Scholastic chess.
Henry Penfold won the K-6 first-place trophy and Ben Penfold tied for second in the K-8 classification. The oldest brother, Brendan Penfold, reached the final of the high school under 1,200 category, which includes players who do not regularly compete in tournaments.
Oliver Brown Patricio, a seventh-grader, lost in the finals of the K-8 division and took home the runner-up trophy. His younger sister, third-grader Sofia Brown Patricio, won all four matches to take first in the K-3 division.