CHECK MATE: Local students compete at chess

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CMZ hosts inaugural
Kay Hughett Scholastic
Chess Tournament


The Grant County Chess Team played host to the first-ever Kay Hughett Scholastic Chess Tournament on Feb. 22 at Crittenden-Mt. Zion Elementary.
The tournament is named in honor of CMZ’s recently retired family resource director, Kay Hughett, (aka “The Chess Queen Mum”), who in 2008 introduced just a handful of CMZ elementary students to the game of chess as a means of teaching specific disciplines. With the assistance of volunteer coach Seth Fulk, parent support and several staff sponsors, Grant County’s program grew to involve more than 60 students at five Grant County Schools: Dry Ridge Elementary, Sherman Elementary, Crittenden-Mt. Zion Elementary, Grant County Middle School, and Grant County High School. They also added another coach, Jonathan Creech.
At the Kay Hughett Scholastic Chess Tournament, there were 45 players, including players from Ohio and Lexington, who competed in four categories: K2, K5, K8 and K12 with the following results:

• K2- Top five overall
1. Luke Hillman, CMZ
2. Jenna Van Scoy
3. Luke Hyden, SES
4. Hunter Etler, CMZ
5. Ivan VieBrooks, SES

• K5- Top five overall
1. Gabe Gatsos
2. Malhaar Nair
3. Rob Gilligan
4. Max Carlson
5. Will Fulk, CMZ

• K8- Top five overall
1. Seth Sutton, GCMS
2. Austin Creech, GCMS
3. Jason Humphrey
4. Dylan Strong, GCHS
5. Timothy Moore, GCMS
Top three under 800
1. Alex Smith, GCMS
2. Blake Robertson, GCMS
3. London Fry, GCMS

• K12-Top five overall
1. Dylan Strong, GCHS