Paynesville hold first chess tournament

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 03/18/97.

Forty-three chess players gathered from as far as Pine City, Litchfield andWillmar to beat the winter blahs and compete in the first annual Paynesville Chess Tournament. The competitors were divided into four age groups and three ability levels: Kings, Queens and Knights.

Results of the tournament are (in order of placing):
0 to 8-year-olds: KingsóDan Fake, Willmar; Peder Thompson, Paynesville;
QueensóChris Baker, Spicer; and Bjorn Commers, Clear Lake;
Knightsó Asley Rand, Litchfield, Darren Felton, New London; Evan Burgett, unknown and Scott Millner, Paynesville.

9 to 14-year-olds: KingsóAndrew Mahowald, St. Cloud; Jon Millner, Paynesville; Nathan Gilbert, St. Cloud and Jared Werner, Willmar.
QueensóDavid Fake, Willmar; Ryan Johnson, Willmar; Troy Benson, Murdock, Dan Sperry, Litchfield.

15 to 18-year-olds: KingsóDoug Millner, Paynesville; and Jason Johnson, Pine City.
QueensóDan Pangerl, Pine City and Jeramie Johnson, Pine City.
KnightsóJames Gulbranson, Paynesville; Richard Lang, Paynesville, Josh Parks, Paynesville and Andy Brick, Paynesville.

19 and older: KingsóJorn Commers, Clear Lake; and Steve Sperry, Litchfield.
QueensóBill Gossman, New London, and Dwight Felton, New London.
KnightsóRon Fake, Willmar and Ben Hegge, Paynesville.

Judges for the tournament were: Bill Brinkman, Todd Theisen, Scott Gibson, and Mary Savelkoul. Door prizes were donated by Ben Franklin, Paulís Pizza and Ribs, Papaís Pizza, Jimmyís Pizza, Corner Floral and Bernickís Pepsi.

The tournament was sponsored by Paynesville Community Education.

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