ORONO – Three hundred youngsters from all parts of the state came to the University of Maine on Saturday for the Maine Scholastic Team Chess Championships in several categories.
Hard-fought, close battles and team camaraderie were the order of the day.
In the championship division, titles were won by John Bapst Memorial High School of Bangor, high school level; Orono and Deer Isle-Stonington, co-champions for junior high; Airline Community School, K-3; and Deer Isle-Stonington and Cape Elizabeth, co-champions for K-6.
Fourteen high school teams of five players each faced each other in match play on the championship level. The final round saw old rivals John Bapst and Deer Isle-Stonington face each other for the state team title.
In a match that went down to the wire with flags hanging and about to fall, John Bapst reclaimed the high school crown, with the second-place trophy going to Deer Isle-Stonington.
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