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Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Friday, 29 March 2013 09:37
Breckin Dunkle, 9, ponders his next move during the chess tournament Saturday at Bowling Green Junior High. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentiel-Tribune)
The Great Lakes Chess Association hosted its 2013 GLCA Scholastic Open chess tournament March 23 at Bowling Green Middle School. More than 100 students participated in this year’s event, representing 26 schools from elementary through high school.
This year’s overall team champion was Gesu Elementary School from Toledo with 15.5 points who edged out the Montessori School of Bowling Green and Perrysburg’s St. Rose School, who placed second and third, respectively.
Local schools rounding out the top teams were BG Christian Academy, finishing in sixth place, St. Aloysius in seventh place, BG Middle School in ninth lace, and Crim Elementary School in 10th place in their first-ever tournament.   
Other local schools participating in the event were Conneaut, Kenwood, Fort Meigs, Toth and Perrysburg High School.
Schools traveled from as far away as Cleveland, Ft. Wayne, and Lima to compete at the event.
In the Open Section, it was Perrysburg High School’s Ben Hirt defeating BG’s Nick Van Vorhis in the final round to win first place among individuals. In the Grades 6-12 Section, BG Middle School students Peyton Keeran and Erick Schempf took third and fourth place, respectively. In the Grades 3-5 Section, BG Montessori’s Bryan Li and Isabelle Broman won third and fourth place, while Perrysburg’s Alex Perez and St. Aloysius player Noah Horn finished in sixth and eighth place, respectively, out of almost 50 students.
In the K-2 Section, it was Perrysburg St. Rose 7-year-old Addison Wilhelms who went undefeated on the day to claim first place among the tournament’s youngest players. Addison was one of only two players in the entire tournament to finish with a perfect 5-0 record.
Area participants included:v
BG High School: Zach McCurdy and Nick Van Vorhis
BG Middle School: Peyon Keeran, Erick Schempf and Mitchell Drumm
BG Christian Academy: Sam Atkinson, Timothy Atkinson, Carter Creps, Matthew Fyfe, Sam Hise and Caleb Prater
BG Conneaut Elementary: Mathias Drumm, Eli Reinhart and Rose Walters
BG Crim Elementary: Kaleb Davis, Silas Green and  Elijah Lundquest
BG Kenwood Elementary: Cole Bechstein, Juli Becker, Andy Nelson and Duncan Schulz
Montessori School of Bowling Green: Isabelle Broman, Sam Challu, Jackson Krueger, Bryan Li, Aiden Skinner and Yelia Xu  
St. Aloysius School: Joe Boyle, Cooper Feehan, Edward Flores, Noah Horn, Ramiro Lafuente, Rodney Lafuente, Abigail Rich, Brendan Teiken and Tretter Kate
Other Bowling Green students were Eli Barber, Isaac Rogers, Spencer Rogers and Ben Schetter
Otsego Junior High School: Joshua Lamb and Zach Jones
Perrysburg Ft. Meigs: Alex Perez and Duane Quade Jr.
Perrysburg High School: Adam Chen, Ross Grilliot and Ben Hirt
Perrysburg Junior High School: Ethan Hohman
Perrysburg St. Rose: Claire Hoyt, Katie Hoyt, Ramya Talla, Saumya Talla, Joey Veltri, Addison Wilhelms and Jada Wilhelms
Perrysburg Toth Elementary School: Duncan Jones and Sparsh Shah

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