Students prepare for upcoming chess season with tournament

Taking part in Saturday's Back to School Chess Tournament were (front row, from left) Pierce Jones, Preston Key, Dwinata Marjadi, Myles Barnett, Aidan Lovett, (back row from left) Paulo Garcia, Eli Merry, Paul Combs, Kenneth Mast and Cade Crider.


The Purchase Chess Federation hosted its Back to School Tournament Saturday to help players shake the cobwebs and get ready for the forthcoming scholastic chess season that begins next month.

Ten students from around the Quad A scholastic chess region came to Broadway United Methodist Church to work on their games in tournament style. Players were placed in divisions based on their U.S. Chess Federation rating, where a higher rating generally designates better players.

Cade Crider, a freshman at the Usque Ad Civitas homeschool in Crittenden County, won the most games in the region last year with 25 and picked up where he left off, winning the under-1600 rating division.

In the under-1200 rating division, Paducah Tilghman High School senior Paulo Garcia won the division, while Kenneth Mast, a junior at Life Academy homeschool in Crittenden County, took second.

In the under-1000 rating division, Murray Middle School fifth-grader Dwinata Marjadi took first place, while Murray Middle School sixth-grader Aidan Lovett placed second. Murray Middle School fifth-grader Myles Barnett also took part in that division.

In the under-800 rating division, Paul Combs, a sophomore at the Combs Christian Homeschool in Crittenden County, won the division.

In the under-600 rating division, Paducah Tilghman High School senior Eli Merry took first place, while Murray Middle School seventh-grader Preston Key placed second.

Pierce Jones, a fifth-grader at Concord Elementary, won first place in the unrated division.

The Purchase Chess Foundation is an organization founded by area chess enthusiasts to promote and grow chess from a young age through adulthood. The PCF is hoping to raise funds to provide two scholarships for chess-playing seniors.

More information about scholastic chess in western Kentucky can be found at

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