Clayton Makes Good Moves as State Chess Champion – Knox County VillageSoup
OAKLAND— Camden-Rockport Middle School fifth-grade student Victor Clayton made all the right moves — and four times strategic ways to checkmate his opponents — to finish first in his division at the Maine Individual Chess Championships. Scholastic at Messalonskee Middle School.
Clayton won the state K-5 division championship on Saturday, March 19.
It was the third straight year the divisional state title came from Camden-Rockport. Miles Kaplan, now sixth grader for CRMS, won the division the previous two years as fourth and fifth graders.
Clayton, who played chess for four years for the Camden-Rockport program, finished undefeated to win the title and nomination to represent Maine in August at the K-5 Championships at the Rockefeller National Tournament in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
He is the son of Douglas and Amanda Clayton of Camden.
Kate Ervin Kaplan, co-coach of the Camden-Rockport chess program with Bruce Haffner, said the students had a “long but fun day, and I hope all the children came away proud to be part of this.”
She reported that Oliver Mitchell and Will Kaplan also scored two points in their division at the event.
In college, Miles Kaplan took third place with three wins from four matches, losing in the finals, a strong overall performance for a sixth-grader. Walter Field also scored three points in the event.
Kate Ervin Kaplan said that at the Maine Scholastic Individual Chess Championships, each student plays four games. Students are paired with opponents so that the more games a child wins, the more difficult the next opponent becomes, and the more games lost, the less difficult the opponent.
So if successful, one usually faces increasingly difficult opponents throughout the day, she said.
Victor Clayton had a perfect score of four wins in four matches to win the title. Bangor’s Isaac Klein also picked up four wins, so the top prize was ultimately determined by a ‘complicated’ tie-breaking system, which takes into account the scores of players being beaten as an indicator of difficulty. opponents, Kate says Ervin Kaplan.
Camden-Rockport Middle School also took third place in the annual Scholastic Grand Prix.
“It was pretty impressive considering our team had all the points in March alone,” said Kate Ervin Kaplan, adding that other teams had picked up points since October. She said that next year the Camden-Rockport group will “make an effort to attend the monthly tournaments… so that we have a first chance”.
Additionally, the Camden-Rockport K-5 team placed second on March 5 in the Webber Cup at Bonny Eagle Middle School in Buxton. Catie Mortlock had the best showing among local K-5 players with three wins in four matches. CRMS also placed second in its division. Notable performances include Miles Kaplan with four wins, Hector Clayton three and Field two and a half.
Finally, the Camden-Rockport K-5 team placed third on March 19 at the Maine Scholastic Team Chess Championships at Lewiston High School. Notable local performances include Oliver Mitchell with four wins, Emma Mazur three and Victor Clayton and Oscar Prendergast two and a half.
Additionally, CRMS placed fourth – just one point off second – with notable performances from Miles Kaplan with four wins, Hector Clayton three and Field two and a half.
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