Dozens of students compete for chess honors

Dozens of students compete for chess honorsRyan Carter (left) plays Blake Rouland during a round of the Scholastic Chess Tournament held Monday, Jan. 21, at Gateway Elementary School. According to Director Dwight Morgan, 68 students braved the cold winds to attend the fifth tournament in this year’s series. Fernando Ochoco, a first-grader at Faller Elementary School, topped all players in the K-1 section with 3 wins and 1 draw. Ryan Hoang, a third-grader from Vietnam visiting relatives in Ridgecrest, took top honors in the 2-3 section with a perfect score of 6 wins. The 4-5 section proved to be the toughest section of the day, with three students tying for first place with 5 wins and 1 loss — Blake Roulund, a fifth-grader at Las Flores, Ryan Carter, a fourth-grader at Richmond and Isaac Beames, a fifth-grader from Richmond. The 6-8 section also saw a tie for top performance. Jacob Fortney and Owen Wong, both eighth-graders at Murray, scored 6 wins and 1 loss each. In the 9-12 section, Daniel Bridges, a senior at Burroughs, had 5 wins and 1 draw to win this section for the first time this season. The final tournament will be held Feb. 18 at Gateway. Signups begin at 8:15 a.m., with tournament play beginning at 9 a.m. Awards are distributed around 12:30 p.m. End-of-season trophies will be awarded, in addition to monthly honors. “We are exploring the possibility of bringing back United States Chess Federation-rated tournaments for the students as well as adults in Ridgecrest in March or April,” said Morgan. “More on this later as plans become finalized!” — Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2019-01-25