S/H Takes 1st Place in Thanksgiving Classic Scholastic Chess Tournamnet


On Saturday, November 17th, Stuart Hall hosted The Thanksgiving Classic Rated Scholastic Chess tournament. Ninety players competed in 3 sections, (K3, K6, K12), in a very competitive field. 

In the K3 section, Stuart Hall stormed 1st place with 12.5 points (the best 4 scores per team were counted for a team score), besting rival Lusher by 4 points (8.5 points, 2nd place). Individually, The Stuart Hall Knights had a fantastic day. Race Hughes '23 earned 2nd place with 3.5 out of 4 points, combined with strong showings from Austin Janusa '23 (4th place), Mike Graugnard '23 (5th place), Parker Rooney '24 (6th place), Patrick Avin '23 (7th place), Eli Weber '24 (10th place), Grayson Bent '23 (16th place), Tate Parrish '23 (19th place), Eli Simmons '24 (22nd place), and Chris Jennings '23 (23rd place) to dominate the K3 section of the tournament, which augers well for upcoming City League competition starting in January.

In the very competitive and stacked K6 section, Stuart Hall won 1st place with 11 points, beating out Lusher (2nd, 10.5 points), LycΓ©e FranΟ‚ais (3rd, 10.5), and Newman (4th,10.0 points). Individually, Charlie Avin '22 won all his games, tying for 1st place, but earning 2nd on tie breaks. Coming in 3rd was John Michael Maristany '22 with 3.5 out of 4 points. Ryan Avin '21 came in 16th place with 2 out of 4 points. Declan Albro '22 earned 28th place with 1.5 points, and Grady Miles '22 earned 32nd place with 1.5 points.

This was a very strong performance by both our older veterans and our younger upcoming players, and our Knights played with great individual poise and infectious synergy with each other as teammates. Congratulations, Knights!