Round 1 began with eight wins for the Wood River group and it got serious pretty quick. Desmond's aggressive attitude the previous day now clear - he was on a mission this tournament. Nick Bruck and Max Bates made quick victories and showed no concern for where they were going to end up. "How'd you do?" I asked. "Euh" was the shrug. Chris "Curly" Ellis came off his board quite disheveled and didn't quite know what happened to his game other than being completely destroyed by Matt Boren of Salt Lake. Andrew Uriarte played out a long game and went down in the end game.
Our Prophet Mohammed Taylor Walton indicates "In life and in chess you must think like a king." The final round was going to be exciting. Desmond is playing on the first middle school board, Nick is playing Max on the first board in the high school section. The WRMS team needs three wins to secure 1st or 2nd place. Raleigh will win first if he wins or if Shane wins against his 10th grade opponent. Max, Nick, and Des could get on our "Perfect Tournament" plaque. We have already won the high school trophy. Going into the last round, we have players on the top 6 boards. Collectively, we lost every fifth round game except for one!
WRMS (9.0) 4th Place Team
Max Bates (5.0), Perfect Tournament, 1st Place 12th grade
Jake Whitlock (2.0), 1st Place 6th grade
Desmond Porth (4.0), 2nd Place 7th grade
Raleigh Grossbaum (3.5), 2nd Place 10th grade
Nick Bruck (4.0), 2nd Place, 11th grade
Shane Bruess (first trophy ever!)