35 scholastic chessplayers competed in the 3rd Annual Greater Pocono Scholastic Championships. 12th-grader Alex Belkin of Pocono Mountain East HS won the championship section with a perfect 4-0 score. Pocono Mountain East, the host school, took the team championship with a score of 11 team points.
Colin Casey, an 8th-grader from Sparta Middle School, won the Under 1000 section, scoring 3.5-0.5.Â Sparta Middle School beat out Swiftwater Intermediate School by half a point to win the team prize in the Under 1000 section, scoring 6.5 points.
This tournament has gone from 20 players in 2007 to 32 players in 2008 to 35 players this year. We hope to have even more players next year, and look forward to the start of the regular tournament season in Philadelphia and Northern Virginia!