F’ville Chess 1-pt shy of NorCal crown
It was a great weekend for Farmersville Chess at the NorCal State Competition in Santa Clara this past Saturday and Sunday. We had two victorious days of competition.
“Overall, Farmersville Chess Players did an outstanding job,” said Snowden Chess Coach Jodie Faiman. “They were commended for their sportsmanship and polite behavior and self control. Many other coaches spoke to me and congratulated us on having such a powerful team as well as being able to raise the funds necessary to bring that team to a competition such as State.”
On Saturday, Farmersville’s 2nd and 3rd grade team took the 2nd Place Team trophy in the Unrated Rookie Section from over 17 teams and 127 players in the group. We also took home seven of the top 40 trophies with three being in the top 20. Those students are: Leonard Hernandez, 9th Place; Calise Rubio, 13th place; and Jose Gutierrez, 14th place. All of these are 2nd graders in their first year of chess. Marin Chess took home the 1st place trophy by only one point difference after battling all day for dominance.
The 4-6 grade team was also ready to compete on Sunday. They were divided into four different divisions because of their advancing skills. Farmersville had four players in the Unrated Rookie Section and they were successful enough to take the 7th place trophy from a large field of competitors. In the Booster Section, Freedom Elementary students took home the 2nd Place Team trophy with Cris Santos having an amazing day and bringing home the 1st Place Individual trophy of the section with a perfect 5-5 days. Cris is a 4th grader and in his second year of chess.
Our 4-6 JV section also took home a 6th place team trophy at a more advanced level of play along with several individual trophies. One player, Abraham Santiago, was advanced to the highest level of play in the champs section and did a wonderful job representing Farmersville Chess.
“We know without our amazing parents, school staff, community, and county supporters we could not continue to grow this program and showcase these amazing children with their chess talents,” Faiman said.
“But more importantly, with the community’s help we are giving them the problem solving, life skills they need to be leaders for our future.”