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Chess Tournament draws in over 60 student competitors 

The Templeton Elementary School chess team took second place at the tournament.

—Over 14 elementary, middle, and high schools from SLO County participated in 2017 “Fall Fiesta” SLO County Scholastic Chess Tournament on Dec. 2. The event was organized by the San Luis Obispo Chess Club and hosted by the Paso Robles High School Chess Club at the PRHS Gil Asa Gym. Over 60 competitors played from schools in SLO County and Santa Barbara County. The competition was divided into a non-rated and rated section; non-rated means the results are not sent to the United States Chess Federation while rated scores are sent.

The first place team was Vineyard Elementary School, second place was Templeton Middle School, third place was CL Smith Middle School, fourth place was Winifred Pifer Elementary School, and fifth place was Pacheco Elementary School.

Individual winners from first to fifth place are listed below:

K-3 (Non-rated)
1. Seth Jose from CL Smith with 4.5
2-3. Dallas Wheeler from Vineyard, and Devin Wilson from CL Smith with 4.0
4-5. Dylan Fairchild from Vineyard, and Mahitha Saravanan with 3.5

K-8 (non-rated)
1. Hayden Woodsmall from Vineyard, with 5.0
2. William Jewell from Templeton, with 4.5
3-6. Alex Corbo from Los Ranchos, Lucas Enoch from Vineyard, Cole Fairchild from Templeton, Bao Jack Pham from Vineyard, with 4.0

1. Wyatt Paul Ashton from Vineyard, with 5.0
2-3. Sahithya Saravanan, and William T. Waitkus from Arroyo Grande, with 3.5
4-6. Rudy Uribe from CL Smith, Cole Engstrom from Paso Robles, and Christine Seng from Templeton, with 2.0

Another Scholastic Tournament will be held around March 10, 2018, and more information can be found at in January.

The San Luis Obispo Chess Club is a United States Chess Federation Affiliate, and multiple clubs can be found at schools around the county for multiple grade levels. There is no membership or requirement to join the club, and more information regarding times and meetings can be found at

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