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Henry Penfold concentrates on his game.
Top boards in the 7th-8th division: Orly Vaughn, foreground left, Brendan Penfold, foreground right, Ben Penfold background left, Max DeLuca Lowell background right.
Tournament organizer Dick Powell reads off the pairings in the first round in the 4th-5th grade section.
Action is about to begin in the 4th grade section.
Brendan Penfold, perfect on the day with 4 points, won the 7th-8th grade division.
by Dan Deluca
The eighth annual Joe Brown Memorial Tournament was held at the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School on January 26, attracting 26 K-8 players. The annual non-rated event is held in memory of former Deer Isle-Stonington student and chess player Joe Brown.
The tournament was organized by Dick Powell and directed by Dan DeLuca and Andy Bryan.
Players competed for trophies in five divisions: K-1st grade, 2nd-3rd, 4th, 5th-6th and 7th-8th within three tournament sections: K-3rd grade, 4th-5th grade and 6th-8th grade.
Brendan Penfold was perfect on the day with four wins in four games taking the top spot in the 7-8 division. He was followed by Orly Vaughn and Max DeLuca Lowell who tied for third place with Tyson Rice each scoring 2 points. SooZin Cha and Ben Penfold (a fifth-grader who was playing up) rounded out the cross-table in this division.
Ben Penfold won the head-to-head playoff game to determine the 5th-6th grade winner and received the first place trophy. Cameron Stewart, who scored 2 points in the 4th grade section, took the second place trophy.
The 4th-5th grade section was the tournament’s largest with 12 players. Rylee Eaton went unbeaten and untied to take first place with 4 points. Oliver Brown got second with 3 points and Wyatt Eaton took third scoring 2.5 points. Also scoring 2.5 points and receiving the fourth place trophy was Myles Brown. Cole Stewart, who tied with Nathan Thompson with 2 points, took home the fifth place trophy in tiebreaks. Kaylee Morey finished in eighth place, Dakota Emerick put up 1 point and finished in 10th place, and Drew Wendall and Taylor Hardy split the point for 11th and 12th place, respectively.
Henry Penfold took the top spot in the 2nd-3rd grade division with 3.5 points. McHenna Martin and Trace Brophy each scored 2.5 points and received the second and third place trophies. Trailing the leaders were: Macey Brown (2), Thomas Thompson (1.5), and Dexter Brown (1.5).
Brayden Martin and Maya Brown, who both played up into the 2nd-3rd grade section, received the first and second place trophies in the K-1 division.