Wilson Engeriser '23 Captures State and Local Chess Titles
It has been a very good month of playing chess for junior Wilson Engeriser.
On March 12, Wilson traveled to Huntsville to play in the individual State Tournament and captured the U1300 championship with a score of 4-1. This marks the second consecutive year that a Bayside student has won the "under" division of the state championship. Last year, when the event was played online, Ethan Dull '22 won what was then the U1400 division. Every chess competitor has a numerical strength rating and tournaments are frequently broken into ability groups, regardless of age. Wilson becomes only the fourth student in Bayside history to win an individual chess state championship, following Dull, Trent Kannegieter '17, and Steve Chen '17.
The following weekend, Wilson tied for first in the open section of the annual Bayside Open. This chess tournament is an annual fundraiser for the chess team and is open to the public. The open section drew several strong local adult players, including those rated 2190 and 2095 (a rating of 2200 is considered a "Master.") Wilson finished in a four-way tie for first with a score of 3-1. Sharing the title with him were Henry Robinson, former three-time Alabama State Champion Brent Inman, and Jeff Tobin. The players split the $225 prize purse.
Bayside students also placed in the other divisions of the Bayside Open. In the scholastic U800 division, Libbi Melendez '23 tied for second place and took home the third place trophy on tiebreaks. In the unrated division, Bricen Turner '29 won second, Burke Ramagosa '28 tied for third, and Hayes Lopasser '29 won a medal for honorable mention.
Next up for the Bayside Chess team is the K-12 Nationals in Memphis, Tennessee, from April 8-10, where the school will field teams in the U1200, U800, and Unrated divisions. Rhett Montgomery '24 will play individually in the U1600 division.