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Young chess players crowned at tourney

Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->From left Rob Findlay, coach of intermediate players at Manzanita Elementary, Manzanita chess players Cameron Ott (third place), Alec Rose (first place) and Chad Baitinger, the primary coach at Manzanita Elementary. Ott and Rose are holding the two first-place trophies won by Manzanita’s primary and intermediate teams.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->From left Rob Findlay, coach of intermediate players at Manzanita Elementary, Manzanita chess players Cameron Ott (third place), Alec Rose (first place) and Chad Baitinger, the primary coach at Manzanita Elementary. Ott and Rose are holding the two first-place trophies won by Manzanita’s primary and intermediate teams.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

KINGMAN - Over 150 young chess players competed at Manzanita Elementary Dec. 10 in the school's 2nd Annual Invitational Chess Tournament.

The players represented seven schools in the Kingman Unified School District and the Kingman Academy of Learning. Each played five games, and individual medals, team trophies and chess sets were given out at the conclusion of the tournament.

The medal winners in the primary division, which covered kindergarten to third grade, were: First, Paige Cody, Manzanita Elementary; second, Dylan Cook, Manzanita; third, Gabe Otero, Manzanita; fourth, Levi Woods-Baitinger, Manzanita; fifth, Avery Petersen, Black Mountain Elementary; sixth, Andrew Marquez, Hualapai Elementary; seventh, Logan Gomez, Manzanita; eighth, Alex Green, Hualapai Elementary; ninth, Cody Fowers, KAOL; 10th, Charlie Anderson, KAOL.

Medalists in the intermediate division, grades 4-5: First, Alec Rose, Manzanita; second, Asher Ruthenberg, Manzanita; third, Cameron Ott, Manzanita; fourth, Vanessa Blanco, KAOL; fifth, Lance Stutzman, KAOL; sixth, Corbin Jordison, La Senita; seventh, Wesly Parker, La Senita; eighth, Ellie Bruno, Manzanita; ninth, Josiah Hooper, KAOL; 10th, Nick Oestmann, Black Mountain.

In the junior high division, the medalists were: First, Nick Gross, Kingman Middle School; second, Tim Obledzenski, KMS; third, Keagan Rivedal, KMS; fourth, John Misiaszek, KMS; fifth, Alex Tempert, KAOL.

Seven team trophies were awarded. Team scores were calculated by adding the scores of its five highest scoring players, with the best possible team score being twenty-five points.

Primary division: First, Manzanita (21.5 points); second, Hualapai (17 points); third, KAOL (15 points).

Intermediate: First, Manzanita (21 points); second, KAOL (19.5 points); third, Black Mountain (16 points).

The only trophy awarded in the junior high division went to KMS (19 points).

All medal winners were given a United States Chess Federation official chess set, unless they had already won one at a previous tournament. These chess sets were purchased with tax credit donations given to Manzanita's chess club