Paynesville students win chess tourney

This article submitted on 2/14/01.

Chess match Peder Thompson, right, contemplates a move on his way to a victory in the 11-13 division. Thompson placed third. Watching him are felllow Paynesville Chess Club members, from left, Phillip Younk, Riley Sampson, and Adam Leyendecker. Younk was the runner-up in the 14-17 division.

Paced by a first, second, and two third place finishes, the Paynesville Chess Club won their own tournament on Saturday. The fifth annual tournament was held in the middle school media center and a couple other rooms at the school.

Josh Bungum won the 0-7 age division with five victories. Connor Hacklander was fourth in this division.

In the high school group (ages 14-17), Phillip Younk placed second with three wins and a draw. Adam Leyendecker was seventh, Jason Wendroth ninth, and Jordan Schultz 11th.

In the 8 to 10 age group, Ezra Thompson placed third with four victories, and in the 11 to 13 group, Peder Thompson was third with four victories as well. Riley Sampson was 11th in that group with two wins.

In the adult group, placers from Paynesville were Ben Hegge (5), Jon Millner (6), Andrew Brick (7), Perry Younk (8), and Hubert Lieser (9).

In team score - figured by adding the top five places from a school - Paynesville was first with a score of 13.

In all, 53 people competed in the tournament, including 14 from Paynesville.

The Swiss-style tournament, which pairs members of each division for five rounds, was run by Jay and Laura Thompson.

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