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The Island
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, December 15, 2011
Island chess team is going strong

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by Dick Powell

On Sunday, December 11, the Airline School Chess Club held the seventh annual Winter Solstice Chess Tournament. Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School chess players took home some of the top awards.

In the 600-under class Ben Penfold, a fourth grader, won three matches and drew the fourth to remain undefeated and earn the second place prize. Ennis Marshall, a sixth grader, tied for third with three wins in four matches, and third grader Rylee Eaton had a draw and two wins to take fifth. Other Mariner scorers were Cam Stewart, Cole Stewart, Gavin Eaton, Ross Stewart, Henry Penfold, Ella Marshall, and Jacob Gell.

In the 1000-under class, eighth grader Cameron Wendell defeated sixth grader Orly Vaughn in the finals to take first place with a perfect 4-0 record. Vaughn finished third and Soozin Cha and Isaac Vaughn tied for fifth and Brendan Penfold was eighth. In the open section, Mark Woida took fifth and Dick Powell was eighth.

On Monday, December 12, the first of four Hancock County K-8 chess tournaments was held at the Ellsworth Middle/Elementary School.

Deer Isle-Stonington came out on top with a record of 86 wins and only 20 losses. Cameron Wendell led the Mariners with a 15-0-1 record, the most individual wins ever in this event. Kindergartener Brayden Martin, with two wins and a draw in four matches, also had the best score ever for a kindergarten student.

Other DISES scorers were Bethany Humphrey and Colby Haskell with six wins; Brendan Penfold with five wins; Orly Vaughn, Avery Reynolds, Kinsey Bartlett and Rylee Eaton, with 4 wins each; Soozin Cha, Addie McDonald, Henry Penfold, Ariel Larrabee, Ben Penfold and Wyatt Eaton each with three wins; Brayden Martin, Ella Marshall, Cameron Stewart, Annie Reynolds, Kaylee Morey and Sam Chapman with two wins; and Philomena Mattes, Ennis Marshall, Gifford Proper, McHenna Martin, Cole Stewart, Miles Brown, and Andrew Pappianne with one win each.

The next scholastic chess meet will be on January 11, at Ellsworth Middle/Elementary School from 3:30 to 5 p.m.