We had seven knights riding with us at last Thursday's meeting. Christina Cross had an extremely strong showing. She had two wins over Adam Fuller and bested Carter Cochran in the first timed game she has ever played. Logan Parker managed a win over Andrew Robinson but fell in a match with Adam.
I know that many readers of this column have seen me mention that Joshua and Rebekah Schoorens are among the group's strongest players. You may also have noted that they seem to have fewer victories listed against the other Knights. Joshua, in particular, plays far fewer games than any of the other club members. There are two primary reasons for this. Both Joshua and Rebekah make thoughtful, deliberate moves during our meetings and have fewer games because they take longer, but the main reason is that they, especially Joshua, are usually forced to play against us coaches.
Joshua played an extremely competitive game against me on Thursday. The contest lasted for an hour and a half before I eked out a win. Joshua has been able to emerge victorious against both myself and Coach Kirk Beeler in the past and always presents a challenge. Rebekah had a win against Adam, this past meeting, and went on to play a strong game against Kirk, whom she has beaten in the past.
A few other Knights often find themselves paired against members that make it very difficult to demonstrate how strong they are. Adam has a number of losses to much older players. He is among the most teachable students and will someday be one of the strongest. Christina is also a very strong player. As such, she is among the few Knights that does get paired against Joshua and Rebekah, because she plays so well against them. We are about to establish a leaderboard that will help us track the progress of all of our Wild Knights.
We had just one entry to our short story contest. It was a great job, and worthy of the prize, but it would have been nice to see some other entries. The winning story was submitted by Joshua, so congratulations to him! We would still be happy to receive chess related stories from the public, or from any members that may have missed the deadline.
Coach Kirk has set up a new tips page for us on our web site. It is called Coach Madness and Kirk is using it to begin teaching notation for recording games. This will come in handy as we begin our club tournament for the leaderboard.
As impressed as I am by the young minds we have joining us at the Athol Public Library each week, I must admit that news from the Wachusett Chess Club surpasses our own. A young lady has gone undefeated in that club's tournament and has become their new champion. Their club has members of all ages and has over forty members. Their champion is Carissa Yip from Chelmsford. She is just ten years old! Absolutely amazing!
To view the new page, read Josh's story, submit a story, find a link to the Wachusett Chess Club, or enjoy any of the other fun at our site, visit us at wildknights.jimdo.com.