The Madison City Chess League made history on Halloween hosting its first outdoor chess tournament on the new turf field at Madison City Schools Stadium. 77 students registered to play in both rated and non-rated sections. Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols opened the tournament declaring, "It's Chess time in Madison City!"
Although a Quick Rating was established for many, the tournament itself was only one part of a joyful day for the entire chess family. Beautiful weather and music from Harry Potter greeted participants as they entered the stadium. Candy prizes and Halloween medals were awarded with special contests in between each round of the tournament. The Halloween Dance-Off was a highlight and allowed us to see some impressive moves. Kids also enjoyed running around in the end zone while families sat in their lawn chairs on the edge of the field.
Rated K-3 section winners (L to R): Kylie Zou 1st, Isaac Kreusser 2nd, Esteban Jerez 3rd, Jacob Bluestone 4th, Alice Zou 5th, Andrew Tkach 6th, Annabelle Hsu 7th, Emory Howell 8th, Daksh Sunil (not pictured) 9th, Asher Allison 10th and Cora Newberry (top female).
RATED K-5 SECTION WINNERS
Rated K-5 section winners (L to R): Jethro Jones 1st, Kate Meyer 2nd, Holland Lang 3rd, Noah Hsu 4th, Samsara Rajbhandari 5th, Tyce Crosswy 6th, Asher Kovacs 7th, Jaxon Kimberly 8th, Anna Ai 9th, Sophia Jerez 10th, Christina Yang (top female medal).
RATED K-8 SECTION WINNERS
Rated K-8 section winners: Marek Fries 1st, Swetha Jakka 2nd, Whitney Wadsworth 3rd, Zachary Calinsky 4th, Owen Lang 5th, Landon Drummond 6th, Jacob New 7th, Conrado Jocson 8th, Praneel Avula 9th, Aaron Wiswesser 10th.
RATED K-12 SECTION WINNERS
Rated K-12 section winners (L to R): Xavier Bruni 1st, Jenson Wilhelm 2nd, Sherwood Dong 3rd, andrew Yang 4th, Aadi Saxena 5th, Eddie Xiao 6th, Nirvana Rajbhandari 7th, Edward Calinsky 8th, Rachael Ehrman 9th, Andrew Park 10th.
NON-RATED K-2 WINNERS
Non-Rated K-2 section winners (L to R): Erin McCormick 1st, Tyler Pysh 2nd, Greyson Harbert 3rd, Emilia Ng 4th, Nitakalio Valerino 5th, and Graham Allison (consolation prize).
NON-RATED K-5 WINNERS
Non-Rated K-5 section winners (L to R): James Hootstra 1st, Milan Malak 2nd, Caden Hott 3rd, Yudai Okazaki 4th, Aerial McCormick 5th, Victor Stephenson, Mason Hoogstra, and Colin Readus-Thomas (consolation prize).
COSTUME CONTEST WINNERS
BEST COSTUME K-12
Owen Lang (aka "the Alien") won the Best Costume contest for all grade levels. Kate Meyer ("Rey") was a close second. So many wonderful and creative costumes in other categories including Scariest Gloves and Best Mask were recognized as well. See more winners below.
BEST COSTUME K-3
BEST CHESS-THEMED COSTUME
We had a celebrity panel of judges help us select the Best Chess-Themed Costume. Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols, Assistant Superintendent Eric Terrell, and District 2 City Councilwoman-Elect Connie Spears had the tough task of choosing a winner. There were some very creative entries like "Shark-Mate" as well as some great Kings, Queens, Bishops and Knights. At the end of the day Queen Cora Newberry won the top prize!
Chess parents surprised Mrs. Bartlett with a basket full of goodies, gifts, and cards to say thank you for ten years on the school board and wishing her well as she transitions to City Council. Volunteers helped set up the stadium and clean up after the event was over. Mrs. Bartlett announced that she will continue organizing chess activities through the Madison City Chess League including the upcoming State Scholastic Chess Championship in March at BJHS. Thanks to everyone who helped make Halloween extra special!