The Bayside Academy chess team defeated 4A UMS-Wright in a doubleheader yesterday.
The chess league regular season was postponed from the first semester, so yesterday's were the first matches of the season. Bayside chess routinely plays much larger schools, and the 4A powerhouse UMS-Wright Bulldogs came to campus yesterday for a doubleheader, bringing teams at all four levels of competition.
At the varsity level, Bayside blasted UMS 3–1 in the first match and 4–0 in the second. Despite UMS having a senior-heavy, experienced team, they were no match for the Admirals, led by freshman Rhett Montgomery and juniors Ethan Dull and David Klimjack. Sophomore Wilson Engeriser and freshman Michael Klimjack alternated on fourth board. Rhett is the defending Paul Morphy Award winner for our league, given annually to the best player, and Ethan won our club tournament this year.
In the junior varsity division, Bayside beat UMS 3–1 in round one and tied 2–2 in round two. UMS won this division in league play last year. Michael Klimjack and Wilson Engeriser alternated on first board, along with senior captain Ann Marie Fedro and sophomores Nicole Nager and Libbi Melendez. Libbi, playing in her first matches for Bayside, scored two victories against a strong opponent.
The Bayside middle school team crushed UMS 3–1 in the first match and 4–0 in the second behind the play of Jacob Stallworth (8th grade), Forrest Smith (7th grade), Jared Dull (8th grade), and Colby Hoffman (7th grade). Jacob won his first game with only 18 seconds on the clock (each side has 30 minutes to play a game). Bayside is the defending leagues champions in this division and showed why.
In the elementary division, Bayside and UMS battles to a pair of 2–2 draws. Leading the Admirals were Brantley Turner (6th grade), John Stephen Klimjack (5th grade), and first-year players Bricen Turner (4th grade) and Owen Kane (6th grade). John Stephen won a pair of games, including coming back in the second game from being down a queen to salvage the draw for Bayside.
"I am very proud of the kids and how hard they have worked this year without having any opponents. UMS always has a good team, and it was fun to finally play someone!" said Coach Eric Nager, who now has over 100 career regular season victories as the Bayside chess coach.