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.