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Record turnout at Beginner's Tournament

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The Beginner's Tournament took place on February 27 at the CCSCSL and included two sections: adults and kids. The kids section brought out 22 participants and ran for four rounds with a 15-minute time control. There was much excitement in the last round of the tournament as Domenic Fenoglio, Ari Levy, Connor Carnahan and Yechiel Shulman all competed for first place! The top two boards both drew, splitting 1st place between Domenic, Ari, and Connor who all had 3.5/4 points.

For placing first, Domenic chose a travel chess set, Ari chose a tactics manual and Connor chose a year of membership to the CCSCSL; all other participants received medals for their awesome effort.

Many thanks to all that participated, and a special thanks to Jan Zinsser, a parent of Eli Zinsser of McGrath Elementary, for bringing four students to participate in their first-ever tournament event.

There was a record-breaking 16 participants in the adult section, and two, Ronald Washington and Brian Sableman, finished 3/3. Both won free club memberships, and both also decided to purchase USCF memberships. Washington even registered for the Saint Louis Open (March 4-6), so it looks like we'll hopefully see some new faces at our upcoming rated tournaments. Many of the participants in the adult section also had children playing in the kids section. Chess is a great game for parents and children to learn and play together!  Pictures from the event can be found by clicking the link here.

Please join us for our next Beginner’s Tournament Event scheduled to be held on March 27 at the CCSCSL.

For more information on the CCSCSL Scholastic Program, please contact Alex Vergilesov at