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LA student ties for chess champion

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By Special to the Monitor

Alexandr Wang, a sixth-grader at Piñon Elementary School and John Sarracino, a junior at St. Michael’s High School, earned the title of Los Alamos County Scholastic co-champions at the 2009 Los Alamos County Scholastic Chess Championship held Jan. 31 at Piñon Elementary School.  

The tournament featured 78 of the best scholastic players from New Mexico, including 41 from Los Alamos. There were six tournament sections based on age and player rating. Here are the Los Alamos players in each section: For championship, the players were Sarracino, Wang, Daniel Dunning of Los Alamos Middle School and Horace Zhang of Los Alamos High School.

In the reserve section, the competitors were Donald Poston of Aspen Elementary School, Jack Mockler of Los Alamos Middle School, Colin Redman of Los Alamos Middle School and Colin Wilburn of Canyoncito Montessori School.

The novice players were Simon Redman of Los Alamos Middle School, Henry Poston of Aspen Elementary School and Casey Aumack of Los Alamos Middle School.

Cadet competitors were Jovan Zhang of Chamisa Elementary School, Victor Kim of Piñon Elementary School, Nicholas Torres of Chamisa Elementary School, Alex Csanadi of Barranca Elementary School, Do Vo of Aspen Elementary School, Coleman Kendrick of Barranca Elementary School, Lukas Proffen of Barranca Elementary School, Rebecca Cai of Barranca Elementary School, Rachel Wallstrom of Aspen Elementary School, Steven Chen of Barranca Elementary School, Elena Brown of Barranca Elementary School and Rigel Baron of Aspen Elementary School.

Booster players included Maxwell Goettee of Piñon Elementary School, Tazler Smith of Aspen Elementary School, Mark Torres of Chamisa Elementary School, Sam Crooks of Aspen Elementary School, Andrei Popa-Simil of Aspen Elementary School, Gabriel Holesinger of Aspen Elementary School, Mychael Garcia of Chamisa Elementary School and Noah McCabe of Chamisa Elementary School.

Competitors in the midget section were Max Corliss of Aspen Elementary School, Jack Whitacre of Chamisa Elementary School, Summer Bronson of Mountain Elementary School, Theresa Torres of Chamisa Elementary School, Walker Eaton of Aspen Elementary School, Zachary Koehn of Aspen Elementary School, Victor Popa-Simil of Aspen Elementary School, Daniel Lee of Aspen Elementary School, Gloria Torres of Chamisa Elementary School and Colin Buksas of Chamisa Elementary School.  

Local players are focusing on the New Mexico State Scholastic Championships, starting with the K-12 Championship in Santa Fe Saturday, followed by the K-9 Championship at Piñon Elementary School on Feb. 28, and the K-6 Championship at Manzano High School in Albuquerque on March 21.  For more information, contact Dave Poston at 470-7081.