The 2nd Annual Greater Pocono Scholastic Chess Championship was held at the Swiftwater Elementary Center on September 27, 2008. Thirty-two chessplayers participated in the event, up from just twenty last year. Both sections featured very competetive team and individual battles for first place.
In the K-12 Championship section, 2nd seed Bryce Bartling of Sparta High School defeated top-seeded Alex Belkin (also the Greater Philadelphia Scholastic Champion) of Pocono Mountain East High School to win the tournament with 3.5/4 points. Bryce beat out Kevin Diver of Pocono Mountain East on tiebreaks for the title. The battle for first place team came down to the very last round.Â With Pocono Mountain East leading Sparta by just half a point with one game to go, it came down to Shawn Mitchell of Pocono Mountain East vs. Natasha Sica of Sparta. When Mitchell emerged victorious, Pocono Mountain East kept their narrow lead, winning 10.5 to 10.
In the K-12 U/1000 section, top-seeded Corbin Mills went 4-0 to secure first place. Swiftwater Intermediate Center narrowly held off Sparta Junior High School by a score of 7 to 6, winning first place in the team competition.
Congratulations to all the winners and competitiors. We look forward to an even bigger and better tournament next year!