Foothill High hosted the Kern County Scholastic K-12 Chess Tournament

Kern County's best young chess players competed

BAKERSFIELD -  

At the Kern County Scholastic K-12 Chess Tournament there were a lot of different types of players. There are the diligent note takers, the nervous ones, the ones that would rather stand, and the marathon players - still going at it well after every other game has ended. 

 

No matter their style, more than 130 players from schools around Kern County came together today to determine the best student chess players in the county. 

 

Many players at the tournament, like Louis Gonzalez a senior at Foothill High, started playing in one of their classes and has kept on going. 

 

"My sixth grade teacher was the chess coach at Fairfax," Gonzalez said. "Every kid in his class, it was just sort of a mandatory thing. We had a chess club every Wednesday and it just started there."  

 

Students today were hoping to earn one of the trophies, but the tournament's director hopes everyone wins.

 

"Chess is one of the few sports that is a win-win," tournament director Wade Tavorn said. "Even if you lose you still win, because you learn an angle that you can be defeated. Now you can go an practice and work against that particular attack. So it makes you stronger. Every time you lose in chess you get stronger."  

 

Which is the case with Gonzalez. While earning his share of losses as he learned the game, he also developed strategies. 

 

"I use to be very aggressive," Gonzalez said. "Just trying to get the win. Recently I've been slowing the game down and just waiting to see what happens and just reacting to them." 

 

"That is when the players really get good," Tavorn said. "Because they manipulate the board, they manipulate the players, they setup traps, they setup gambits, they just have fun."  

 

And with every move made here today - these players develop skills that can help them away from the chess board too. 

 

"You hear people say it helps you out with math a lot," Gonzalez said. "You really do have to think ahead quite a bit. It just teaches you consequences. Everything that you do has a drawback or will just get you ahead."   

 

After the tournament winners were announced and trophies were handed out. Winners from the tournament are eligible for the next level of the national United States Chess Federation competition (USCF). 

 

 

KC K-12 Chess Championship Results 2012-2013

Name

School

Section

Kenneth Dollar - First

Ridgeview High

9-12

Luis Gonzalez – Second

Foothill High

9-12

Humberto Rocha – Third

Ridgeview High

9-12

Cristian Hernandez – Fourth

Foothill High

9-12

Albert He – Fifth

Stockdale High

9-12

Quinton Cacal – First

La Vina Middle School

7-8

Erwin Rivera – Second

La Vina Middle School

7-8

Gavin Parra – Third

Norris Middle School

7-8

Ranieri Barroga – Fourth

La Vina Middle School

7-8

Gilberto Cortez – Fifth

Almond Tree Middle School

7-8

Steven Camacho – First

American Elementary School

4-6

Edem Ipac – Second

Morningside Elementary School

4-6

Avery Backlund – Third

Independence Elementary School

4-6

Kenneth Espiritu – Fourth

La Vina Middle School

4-6

Issac Nartea – Fifth

Bessie Owens Elementary School

4-6

Cole Lidgett- First

Thorner Elementary School

2-3

Joshua Rangel – Second

Hertiage Academy School

2-3

Ethan Madewell – Third

Thorner Elementary School

2-3

Kathleen Camacho – Fourth

American Elementary School

2-3

Lucas Soza – Fifth

Thorner Elementary School

2-3

Isabel Cordova – First

Hertiage Academy School

K-1

Renz Mangohig – Second

Morningside Elementary School

K-1

Janay Fuentes - Third

Thorner Elementary School

K-1

Jeffery Horton – Fourth

Hertiage Academy School

K-1

Nathan Welch –Fifth

American Elementary School

K-1

Top Teams

School Name

Place

Section

Foothill High School

First

High School

Stockdale High School

Second

High School

Almond Tree Middle School

First

Middle School

La Vina Middle School

Second

Middle School

American Elementary School

First

4th – 6th Grades

Independence Elementary School

Second

4th – 6th Grades

Bessie Owens Elementary School

Third

4th – 6th Grades

Highland Elementary School

Fourth

4th – 6th Grades

Morningside Elementary School

Fifth

4th – 6th Grades

Thorner Elementary School

First

K – 3rd Grades

Heritage Academy School

Second

K – 3rd Grades

Independence Elementary School

Third

K – 3rd Grades

American Elementary School

Fourth

K – 3rd Grades

Morningside Elementary School

Fifth

K – 3rd Grades

 

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