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Paynesville Press - February 13, 2002

Annual chess tourney held at the middle school

Chess tourney The annual chess tournament at the Paynesville Area Middle School on Saturday drew 49 contestants from central Minnesota to play in a Swiss-style tournament.

Each player received one point for a win and a half point for a draw, with the computer matchmaker pitting the highest individual scorers against each other.

Paynesville had one champion and four runners-up in the five age categories. Ezra Thompson took first among nine- to 11-year-olds. Taking second were Joshua Andersen (0-8), Peder Thompson (12-14), and Phillip Yungk (15-17).

In addition to the tournament, players had the chance to see and play on a giant chessboard, created by Jay Thompson, tournament director. The 8 by 8 board uses bowling pins for pawns.

Local Results
Up to eight-year-olds
2) Joshua Andersen
5) Connor Hacklander
8) Kellen Andersen

Nine- to 11-year-olds
1) Ezra Thompson
4) Clayton Johnson
9) Andrew Moser

12- to 14-year-olds
2) Peder Thompson
13) Bryce Fischbach

15- to 17-year-olds
2) Phillip Yungk
3) Adam Leyendecker
4) Scott Buermann

18 and above
3) Andy Brick
5) Ben Hegge

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