Starting on Friday, April 27, Deer Isle-Stonington state chess champions in the K-3, K-6 and K-8 divisions will compete in the National K-9 Scholastic Chess Championships in San Diego, Calif. The tournament hosts between 1,000 and 1,500 young chess players from all 50 states.
In the K-8 under 1,000 section, DIS will field a five-member team headed up by Bethany Humpfrey, with a 995 rating. Humpfrey has the highest rating in her section, so she has to be considered one of the favorites. Other team members are the brother-and-sister combo of Isaac and Orly Vaughn, Krisford Melanio and SooZin Cha. Vaughn and Cha are sixth graders, while the rest of the team are in eighth grade.
In the 750-and-under category, Alyssa Chesney, with a 563 rating, leads DIS. Other players include Avery Reynolds, Tyson Rice, Ennis Marshall, Colby Haskell, Philomena Mattes and the three Stewart brothers: Cam, Ross and Cole. Ross is the K-3 Maine individual runner up.
Cameron Wendell, with a rating of 1022, will compete as an individual against mostly higher-rated opposition in the K-9 under 1250 category. The team minimum is two players, thus Cameron will be looking to improve himself.
Matches will be held on April 27, at 1 and 7 p.m.; April 28, at 9 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m.; and April 29, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Donations to help defray expenses of this trip may be sent to Suzette Billings, Chess Boosters, P.O. Box 67, Stonington, 04681.