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MS team takes third at chess tournament

Islander Middle School sent six varsity players to the 2005 SuperNational Scholastic Chess Championships held April 8 to 10 in Nashville, Tenn.

The IMS team took third place in the nation, led by top-rated Kevin Taki with a score of six out of a possible perfect seven. Jennifer Apacible and Andrew Goldberg each scored five points in their first competition at the national level. Bryan Solomon contributed 4.5 points to the team effort and finished just out of the individual trophies.

The championships hosted 5,200 players in grades kindergarten through 12 in the largest chess tournament in history. Players competed in seven four-hour games over three days at this all-U.S. championship event. The top prizes in the high school divisions included $40,000 college scholarships to the best student chess players in the United States.

Fifty-five top varsity teams from all over the United States competed in the main 333 player middle school division of this ultimate U.S. school chess championship (K-8 U1250).

In the final day of competition, IMS players demonstrated great competitive spirit, rose to the occasion, and went undefeated scoring 11 out of a possible 12 points in the final two rounds of this grueling event!

In addition to winning his first four games while leading the IMS team to third place,Taki took fourth place individually, losing only one game to the eventual national champion.

Apacible and Goldberg tied for the 25th-place trophy and finished at the top of the pack in competition with more than 333 players in their division.

Among IMS players, Apacible achieved the greatest improvement on her initial seeding, moving up 170 places to finish 25th.

Goldberg went undefeated, finishing with four draws and three wins.

Michael Choi played alone in another middle school division of this super championship (K-8 U1000) and scored 5.5 points. Choi took the 20th place individual trophy in his division out of 287 players, losing only a single game during the three-day marathon event.

Andrew Petrucci also played alone in another middle school division (K-8U750) and scored five points. Petrucci took the 25th-place individual trophy in his division out of 206 players, dropping only a single game with two draws.

IMS players showed great resilience and resolve during the event in never losing two consecutive games.

In March, the IMS A team took third place in the Washington State Middle School Team Championship Tournament with a score of 16.5 out of a possible perfect score of 25. Washington Middle School narrowly edged into first (17.5) while Lakeside (17.5) was relegated to second after being held to a drawn match by IMS A.

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