Last Thursday, January 10, 2019, ASMS had the pleasure of hosting the final Mobile-Baldwin County Chess League Tournament. Around 180 students from over 20 schools from Mobile and Baldwin counties were represented in the tournament. The chess league has been in existence for 49 years and is the most active league in Alabama.
The tournament kicked off with a pep rally hosted by the ASMS cheerleaders and the ASMS band.
“An experience you can only find at ASMS is our annual chess pep rally,” says Javia Warner ASMS Cheerleader. “It is really important to our chess team members. The cheerleaders and students really love to cheer on our teams.”
“ASMS had a very strong showing this year,” says Dolbeare. “The varsity team stumbled in the beginning of the year, but Nic Cockrell, ASMS junior, still won the bestplayer award for Mobile and Baldwin counties. The junior varsity team came in third place overall.”
ASMS Varsity chess team captain Nic Cockrell (pictured right) won the top player award for the second year in a row.
“Chess has always been a big part in my life and I’m glad ASMS has given me the opportunity to compete on a team and win the Paul Morphy (top player) award for the second year in a row,” says Cockrell.
Dawson Wilcox, ASMS junior, new to chess, ranked high for the junior varsity team.
“This was my first year ever playing chess,” says Wilcox. “The Chess team has given me the opportunity to make myself better as a player and experience new things. I am ranked second on the JV team (pictured below) and we won 3rd place. The chess team has given me a lot of opportunities and new experiences I wouldn’t have experienced otherwise.”
This article was written by Zoe Blair, of the ASMS Marketing Team.