110 students from all over Bullitt County showed up to compete in the 6th annual BCCL Chess Championships! It was a great event that ran fairly smoothly thanks to all of the coaching support from around the county.
The K-1 Section combined with the K-3 section for 38 chess players. The K-5 section had 38 chess players. K-8 had 23 chess players. K-12 had a record turn out of 17 chess players. What is unique about this tournament is that it is strictly a BCPS tournament. We have only allowed one outside player in the past few years. Our county chess title very well me the largest school district chess event in the state. Next year with the addition of some new coaches we may see our dream of having 200 BCPS chess players at one event occur.
We have hosted a total of five chess tournaments this school season including the State Championships for Bughouse and the State Grade Level Chess Championships. March 18 we will host the State Team Chess Championships which may bring in over 400 chess players. It is the Sweet 16 of chess for Kentucky.
K-1 and K-3 goes to Connor Edmonson a kindergartner of MWES
K-5: Wade MES Wilson, Noah MES Bennett, Baron MES Williams, Jaden MES Sanders, Jon MES Broughton all 5th graders from Maryville went 5-0 with Wilson taking first based off tie breaks.
K-8: Alex ZMS Robey, Ian ZMS Stearns, Jordan ZMS McMurray all of Zoneton Middle School went 5-0 with Alex claiming first after tie breaks.
K-12: Garrett NBHS Vibbert took first place going 4-0. Garrett defeated defending county champion Michael Thomas of BCHS.
K-1 Maryville Elementary School Previous county titles: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
K-3 Maryville Elementary School Previous county titles: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
K-5 Maryville Elementary School Previous titles: 12, 13, 16, 17
K-8 Zoneton Middle School Previous titles: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
K-12 North Bullitt High School 16, 17
A big thanks goes out to Rita Taulbee of LJES, Courtney Haggerty of RES, Doug Henry of BLMS, Tim Phelps of NBHS, Rick Greenwell of BES, Megan Perugini and Tony Perugin of ZMS, Anna Burton of CES, Todd Spencer of SES, Chris Stidom of EMS, Arturo Bracho BCHS, Devin Franklin of HMS, Bryan Keer of MWES, and Grethen Williams of MWMS for working the tournament. I also want to thank all of the coaches county wide for coaching your programs. We are seeing great growth in chess knowledge and talent.
I am looking forward to seeing Bullitt County show up well at the February 4 Regional Championships. The Quad B Chess Championship is the gateway the state team chess championships. Last year North Bullitt, Zoneton and Maryville all finished in the top 10 in Kentucky. Our main goal for our chess league is to help kids develop their chess skills while having fun making friendships.
Thanks you coaches for making chess fun for our students!
To sign up for the Febrary 4 Regional title go to: www.chessperformance.com
My name is Dennis Minnis. I am the BCCL Chess Director. This blog is to be used for the Bullitt County Chess League discuss all chess league related topics.