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3/21/2014 2:41:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
LHS shines in first chess tournament
MOUNT VERNON - The Lawrenceville High School chess team recently competed in its first chess team tournament.

In addition to LHS, host Mount Vernon High School, Webber Township High School and Mount Vernon Casey Junior High competed.

Coaches Kevin and Brenda Emmett reported that LHS won against Webber High School, which has been playing competitively for four years, and Casey Junior High. Lawrenceville swept Casey, winning on all eight boards.

Lawrenceville tied with Mt. Vernon. Emmett said Mt. Vernon competes in state tournament and recently, for the first time, placed among the top 50 Illinois teams in the state rankings. Mt. Vernon also competes in St. Louis Gateway tournaments.

Kevin Emmett explained that the best players from each school play the top eight boards.

Ten students from LHS made the trip. They were: Tyler Emmett, Shawn Emmett, Jeffery Metz, Ethan Moore, J.D. Dognaux, Jake Frye, Brady Tester, Sam Hanson, Joe Burkhart, and Chandler Rich.

Team members who didn't make the trip were: Justin Moore, Jordan Reeves, Chandler Lynch, Isaac Rutledge.

"As a whole, the LHS team did very well for its first time playing outside of Lawrenceville High School," Kevin Emmett said, noting that the squad started as a chess club last year.

"We have 14 active students on the LHS chess team. We meet every Monday and Wednesday," Emmet said. "LHS wears chess team shirts now, and plays with correct Illinois High School Association chess tournament boards and rules, using IHSA chess tournament notation sheets and time clocks when needed.

The IHSA recognizes chess. Chicago Whitney Young was the 2012-13 state champion.

Emmett noted that during the Mt. Vernon tournament many other individual chess games took place as well, along with an open opportunity to challenge the chess coaches.

The top LHS player at board one, Tyler Emmett, challenged Mount Vernon chess coach Bill England, which is acceptable practice, and won.

"Our goal on the LHS chess team is to have fun and help each student to think out of the box in life, exercising both sides of the brain, increasing problem-solving," Emmett said.





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