For the fourth year in a row, students from around Central New York came to Skaneateles to participate in the Skaneateles Thanksgiving Scholastic Chess Tournament. Eighty-seven students from grades K-12 competed at Waterman School on Sunday Nov. 5. Many of the students were from Onondaga County, but teams also attended from as far away as Watertown and Ithaca.
Every child played four chess games at the tournament. The chess games lasted up to an hour. In between games, the kids practiced chess moves on a giant chess board and played tag on the playground. The first round started at 1 p.m. and awards were given out by 5 p.m.
The Skaneateles home team captured top honors in the K-4 division, coming in first place for the second time this school year. Four Skaneateles students went home with trophies. Elizabeth Lane won second place, Alex Wulff took fourth place, Sam Duggan won seventh place and Max Wulff came in ninth place.
Many Skaneateles students received medals for winning two games or more in the K-4 division, including Drew Newton, Eric Huba, Jonathan Marshall, Daniel Stabile, Griffin Olin, Jonathan Stabile, Cameron Angus, Chris Poole, Julia Wilcox, Nathan Main, Evan Bille and Noah Schramm.
Also competing for Skaneateles were: Nick Spalding, Karl Adams, Amanda Andrews, Ethan Goldstein, Kenny Peterson, Alex Andrews, Tom Jackson, Christian Daley, Zack Poole, Joe Capozza, Joe Benedict and Alex VanRiper.
The K-6 team from Skaneateles took home a second place trophy. Greg Huba and Kieran Daley both won a medal, while Alex Spalding and Colin Alexander also participated. The K-12 team came in fifth place. Grant Bille won a medal in this division, and Josh Marshall and Christina Marshall also competed.
"We greatly appreciated the support of principal Marianne Young and all the parents that volunteered their time," said Susan Wulff, who organized the event with co-chair Geralyn Huba.
The Skaneateles team will attend chess tournaments every month at other schools throughout the county. For more information, contact Susan Wulff at 685-1401.