MMS Chess Coach David Whatley and Sen. Massey

Massey, Mavericks, and the Master
web posted April 15, 2010

MERRIWETHER – Senator Shane Massey opened the 2nd Annual Merriwether Mavericks Scholastic Chess Tournament which was held Saturday, April 10, by making the first move for Alex Thibodeau at Board 1. Alex’s father, Billy, was one of several parents who praised the senator for his participation. “It is really nice of Senator Massey to take time out of his weekend to do this for the kids”, he said. Merriwether Maverick’s coach, David Whatley, agreed adding, “he helped to make the event extra special for those in attendance”.

With the first move behind them, students from the Merriwether area clashed with students from Abbeville, Greenwood, and Atlanta in the four-round main event that featured plenty of sharp tactical games. Excellent sportsmanship was also plentiful throughout the day. Whatley, who served as an assistant tournament director on two occasions actually overheard competitors helping their opponent. “One of the distinctions enjoyed by chess is that it is a game of honor. Many players have an acute sense of fair play, and I’ve been fortunate enough to witness that many times”, he said.

After tabulating the games, the trophy winners were called to the stage by Chief Tournament Director Mike Games, and Assistant Director, John Beckett for presentations. Assistant Director, David Whatley handed out the awards.

High School 1st place Individual – Alex Thibodeau

Middle School 1st place Individual – Tori Whatley
Middle School 2nd place Individual – Eric Payne
Middle School 3rd place Individual – Alexander “Xan” Palmer

Elementary School 1st place Individual – Sagan Hartley
Elementary School 2nd place Individual – David Bombard
Elementary School 3rd place Individual – Tara Games

Elementary School 1st place Team – Greenwood Christian School, Greenwood, S.C.
Tara Games and Avery Games

Isaac Miller and Andrew Miller, both of Greenwood battled fiercely in the non-rated section. Both players will receive premium U.S. Chess Federation memberships for their efforts.

Here is the full article.

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