By Daa Anne Mahowald of AV Chess House & Say Yes to Chess
PALMDALE – More than 50 people competed in or volunteered at the First Annual “Chess Makes a Difference” Day Chess Spectacular this past Saturday.
Participants from Acton, Lancaster, Lake Los Angeles, Palmdale, Quartz Hill, Rosamond and Van Nuys all joined together to experience a family activity in a friendly, supportive and learning environment.
There were three sections to the tournament: The Beginner Section, comprised of both adults and children, was facilitated by Daa Mahowald. The Adults Only Section was facilitated by Matt Mahowald.
And the Main Event, comprised of participants ages 3 to 63, was facilitated by Matt and Daa’s 22-year-old daughter, Morgan Mahowald.
The AV Chess House and its non-profit arm Say Yes to Chess organized and ran this chess tournament in conjunction with National “Make a Difference” Day October 26.
They intend for it to grow into a major annual event where hundreds of Antelope Valleyans participate.
Chess Spectacular Awards
- 1st Place (Tie) – Marcia Miller, Ibeth Reyes
- 2nd Place (Tie) – Jessica Petersen, Leylany Reyes
- Good Sportspeopleship – Rose Phillips
- 1st Place – Jonathan Herrera
- 2nd Place – Louis Benites
- 3rd Place – Raadhu Botorogeanu
- 4th Place – Aaron Drew
- 5th Place – Rajat Sharma
- Good Sportspeopleship – Nvol Jenkins
Adult Only Section
- 1st Place Ferenc Varga
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