On November 10, 2012, the Bugbee Elementary School chess team, the Yellow Jackets, completed their fall tournament schedule at the New Haven Fall Open, taking home the Team Second Place trophy, behind the host middle school team from Hopkins School. The event, a fall version of the spring State Championship, featured elementary and middle school competition from around the state.
This time the team competed with six members, rather than four, as was the case in the previous two events. Fourth graders, Sean Dyson and new comer Tobey Siegel, third grader and new comer, Sam Aronow, second graders, Samuel Lumelsky and Ethan Striff-Cave, and first grader, Theodore Braiewa represented their West Hartford elementary school in New Haven.
On top of the team award, Sean Dyson scored four victories out five matches to win Fifth Place in the Under 800 Section, after a three way tie for third had to be decided on tie breaks. Tobey Siegel, Sam Lumelsky and Ethan Striff-Cave all finished 3-2-0, Teddy Braiewa finished 2-2-0 with a half point bye, and Sam Aronow finished 2-3-0, scoring two wins in his first tournament appearance.
As has become tradition, the team presented their event trophy to Bugbee Principal Noam Sturm on November 12, 2012.
The Jackets finished twice first and twice second at the four tournaments they have competed in since May. The team also tallied five individual honors this semester.
The Jackets will take a break from competition for the next twelve weeks to continue their training. They will play exhibition matches at West Hartford and area chess clubs in preparation for what should be an exciting and busy winter/spring 2013 tournament schedule.