Zion Poe dominates chess tournament


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Zion Poe, center, was crowned the Chess Club tournament champion with a win in the championship finals. Pictured with him are runner-up Phillip Chamberlain (left) and third-place finisher Quintin Nelson (right).

Leah Farber, Staff Writer

Junior Zion Poe was victorious over the rest of the school, or at least the rest of the Chess Club, winning his crown and throne in the chess realm.

The junior recently won the Chess Club’s tournament championship with a resounding victory in the championship finals.

“My performance was good,” said Zion. “Everyone has their good days and bad days. This time around, I had the better of it. The competition is going to keep getting better, so I have to continue to work hard.”

The tournament had 22 players starting out, and each round the contestants played best-of series to advance. The finals was a best-of-seven match.

In the consolation round, battling for third was Quintin Nelson and Josiah Turk. Quintin defeated Josiah in the one-game playoff.

But, the final game for the first place title was between Zion and classmate Phillip Chamberlain, a series Zion swept 4-0.

Chess Club adviser Mr. John Goodman said the tournament was very successful for many reasons.

“I thought it went very well. The competition was sincere, but the best part was they were so nice to each other,” Mr. Goodman said. “They had the spirit of the game in mind. Zion deserved to win. He demonstrated the skills of the game to win.”

Mr. Goodman says he does plan to continue the tournament in the future, though it may not be an annual event.