Posted Date: 11/11/2019
Competition was tough Saturday at the CHS Invitational Chess Tournament. More than 120 students competed in the two divisions spanning grades K-12, roughly a 30 percent increase above the norm.
In the end, Chanute High School’s A team finished in second with 16 points, behind Erie High School with 20 points. The CHS B team finished in sixth. The field of 10 teams covered southeast Kansas and Lamar, Mo.
Individually, CHS freshman Peyton Gregg finished in second place with five wins, just one game behind Ethan Semrad of Erie.
Rounding out the CHS team was three more freshmen, Devin Spencer in ninth, Darron Jones in 10th and Trenton Diveley in 16th.
The sixth place B team consisted of Owen Shingle who finished in 21st, Marcus Mooney in 27th, Zander Yoho in 29th and Christian Hare in 30th place.
In the K-8 division of 11 schools, Royster’s three teams dominated the middle of the pack. RMS A, B and C teams finished in fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively, just one game behind the second and third place teams from Galesburg and Neodesha. Parsons finished with a strong lead and 23 points.
Finishing in the top 20 individually for Royster teams was sixth grader Eric Erbe in fourth place, eighth grader Andrew Woods in eighth, seventh grader Ethan Burnett in 12th, seventh grader Erik Jones in 14th, and sixth grader Caleb Cope in 19th.
The players will have some time to practice before their next competition.
Chanute’s home tournament is the final competition for this semester. The chess season spans two semesters, with four tournaments in the fall and resuming on Jan. 11 at Columbus with another series of tournaments, ending with the state championships in March.