Sunday, January 19, 2014

MHSCL Kickoffs 2013-14 Season With Swiss Tournament

The Mid-Hudson Scholastic Chess League started it's 12th season by holding a five-round Kick-Off tournament, which was held October 26 at Cornwall Central HS, in Cornwall, NY. Thirty-One high school, middle, and elementary school students participated in the event.

When the fifth round ended, six players had four points, and tiebreaks had to be used to determine the order of finish. Chase Huestis of Cornwall won the tournament. Second through six places, in tie-breaking order, were Titus Decker of The Mount Academy, Ian Fade of Rondout Valley, Michael Liu of Kingston, Ella Collins of Cornwall, and Ryan Lamastro of Rondout Valley HS.

The event was a combination of individual and team tournament. The top four scores of individuals from the same school counted as a team’s points. Rondout Valley HS, returning to the league after a three-year absence, won the team championship on tiebreaks over Cornwall Central (four-time Kick-off and defending champs). Both Rondout Valley and Cornwall HS finished with 14 points. The Mount Academy finished third and Kingston HS finished in fourth. Kingston and The Mount Academy each had 13 points.

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