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Chess club members do well in competition

Published: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST
Tournament winners, Dick Williams, Jonathan Gottemoller, Dylan Kenney, Dylan Pillars, Jerry Miller, Chris Green, Tyler Tichler, and Drew Welchshow of the Sauk Valley Chess Club, show their medals after the Oct. 26 Iowa Illinois Chess Club tournament in Clinton, Iowa.
Members of the Sauk Valley Chess Club include (front row, from left: Drew Welch, Tyler Tichler, Coach Joel Penne, Jonathan Gottemoller, Jeremy Pierce, Tyler Austin, Tyler Swanson, and Chris Green; and (back row) Eric Barber, Dick Williams, Nick Byington, Kevin Megill, Dylan Kenney, Dylan Pillars, Jerry Miller, Justin Wilhelm, Kristian Shipley, Gage Cottrell, Jacob Kiritz-Dennis, and Jack Cottrell. Photos submitted by Joel Penne.

STERLING – Twenty-two members of the Sauk Valley Chess Club competed in the Iowa Illinois Chess Club tournament Oct. 26 in Clinton, Iowa. 

The day featured a team tournament where the clubs could enter teams of  four players. Sauk Valley entered four teams and placed first and third overall. 

Club members also placed first, second, third, and fifth in the individual open.  

First-place team members are Kevin Megill, Dylan Kenney, Mike Gottemoller, and Dylan Pillars; third-place team members are Joel Penne, Nick Byington, Jerry Miller, and Dick Williams.

First-, second-, third- and fifth-place individual open winners were Tyler Tichler, Drew Welch, Jonathan Gottemoller, and Chris Green.

Other medal winners were Jerry Miller, first on third board; Dick Williams, first on fourth board; and Dylan Kenney, second on second board.

The chess club was founded 2 years ago by Joel Penne as a way to get players of all ages in the area to compete.

The club meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway.

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