Valdosta Daily Times

January 26, 2014

Students compete in chess tournament

James Washington, Special to the Times
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — On Saturday, members of the 100 Black Men of Valdosta, Inc. and various members of the local community held the Fourth Annual TitleTown Scholastic Chess Tournament at Lowndes Middle School.

The event was hosted by Bill Holt, Director of Valdosta’s Boy’s and Girl’s Club’s Waller Unit.  Also in attendance, representing the 100 Black Men of Valdosta, Inc. were Mentor Chairman David Troy and committee member Donald “Butch” Williams.  Committee members David Wells and Bernard Perry also assisted in event preparation.

“We are very pleased with our turnout,” Troy said.  “It is a gratifying feeling seeing so many young children involved in such a positive program.  We also want to personally commend (Lowndes Middle School Principal) Dr. Derald Jones for all of his help in putting this year’s event together.”

The tournament included competitors from nine Valdosta-area schools as well as Bethesda Academy (Savannah, Ga.) and St. Francis Xavier Catholic School (Brunswick, Ga.).

The five-hour event was comprised of five rounds of head-to-head matchups.  Players competed for individual scores as well combined team totals.

After tallying the scores, the winners were announced and presented with trophies.  In the

individual category, top honors went to Cameron Wright (Primary Division), Atticus Halley (Elementary

Division), Spencer Chmielewski (Middle School Division) and Jacob Hanna (High School Division).

In the team category, Bethesda Academy took first place in the high school grouping, while Lowndes Middle School and Lake Park Elementary won in their respective groups.

“We’re extremely proud of all of this year’s participants,” Williams said.  “Their enthusiasm makes us all very excited for future competitions.”

The TitleTown Scholastic Chess Tournament has been held annually since 2011.  Although the event is only held once a year, many of the participating schools also have their own chess clubs that meet regularly throughout the school year.