Josh Schoorens, left, faces one of his toughest competitors at the Stoughton Public Library chess tournament -- his sister Rebekah Schoorens. The pair represented the Wild Knights Chess Club from the Athol Public Library. (Read the Wild Notes column on page 10 today).

WIld Notes

Our local chess club fared quite well at the Stoughton Public Library’s chess tournament on Saturday. Josh, Rebekah and Susan Schoorens all participated, along with me, in the six and a half hour event. As most of our readers know, Josh and Rebekah are the top two players from the Wild Knights Chess Club. Both have beaten me on more than one occasion, and they continue to improve as time goes on. Their mother, Susan, is a very capable player who has attended the Mild Knights meetings in the past. My game has been strengthened through my work at the clubs and under the tutelage of John Dould.

The Stoughton tournament was directed by Jozeph Wawrzak. It consisted of three different categories; K-5, 6-12 and adult. The participants were assigned matches in a round robin format. If a player earned a victory, he or she would be awarded a point. Draws were worth half a point. At the end of the tournament the player with the most points from each age group was declared the winner.

Josh and Rebekah were among about a dozen kids who competed in the 6-12 contest. Both did very well! Rebekah finished in fifth place. Josh ended up in third. The ironic thing about the final results was that Josh appeared to be headed into a three-way tie for first had it not been for the strong play of Rebekah in a match between the two of them! Rebekah was able to win that game and played the spoiler. Not to worry! These two are both terrific teens and were great sports!

In the adult grouping, I can testify that Susan was tough competition, another great sport and there to have fun as she helped make the event more enjoyable for all. Thanks to the training I mentioned earlier from John Dould, I was able to win all nine of my games and took first place for the event. I’m sure I wasn’t the strongest player in the room, but on that day, I made the right moves.

If anyone is interested in riding with either the Wild Knights for youth, or the Mild Knights for more seasoned players please join us at the Athol Public Library Thursdays 3:30 to 5 p.m., or Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m., respectively or give me a call at 978-249-6040. There is no experience needed for either club and both are completely free.

See if you can find the right moves to make in this puzzle. White to move. Mate in two. You can find the solution on the Puzzles Page of our website at We have a few new pictures on the Wild Notes page.

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