Lincolnville students take top honors at state chess tournament

Mar 20, 2017
Photo by: Kim Lincoln The Lincolnville chess team, led by Bruce Haffner, pictured in back, came away with a first place win in the kindergarten to third-grade division at the state chess tournament March 11.

Lincolnville — The kindergarten to third-grade division of the Lincolnville Central School chess team finished in first place March 11 in the state chess championship at the University of Maine in Orono.

Nine Lincolnville students participated in the state championship and the K-3 grade division finished in first place with nine points, finishing ahead of the second-place team, which earned seven-and-a-half points.

Participating at the tournament in the K-3 division were Addy Harbaugh, Awnin Oxley, Liana Talty, Bryson Hise, Noah Seliger, Thomas Pickford, Ward Morrison & Zachary Egeland. Abby Hise participated in the K-6 division.

Five of the students finished with three wins: Oxley, Talty, Pickford, Morrison and Egeland. There were only three in the division who finished with more wins, so this group of five, along with a few other three game winners, tied for fourth place in the individual rankings. Harbaugh, Hise and Seliger were close to winning three games too. They award trophies to members of the winning team who won three games or more.

Tournament Director Andy Bryan apologized when handing out trophies stating they had never had a team with so many three game winners and he only had three trophies to pass out. Hise won two-and-a-half games in a very competitive field of 58, according to information from coach Bruce Haffner.

Students in the Hope Elementary School chess team also participated in the tournament. Participating in the K-3 division was Isabel Pease-Fontaine, Connor Leach and James Kimmett and the team tied for fifth place.

In the K-6 division, Jordan Space, Cabot Adams and Connor Leach attended taking seventh place overall. Adams won three games in a row and was playing for a tie for first place in his last game when he was royally forked (an attack by a knight on both your king and queen!). He fought valiantly and thoughtfully searching for a way to victory but he was too far behind. Even with is loss, he ended up tied for fourth place out of a field of 58.

For a full report on the tournament, results in detail and many pictures go to

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