Local Chess Whiz Triumphs at Great Pumpkin Tournament


POST FALLS, Idaho— The Great Pumpkin Tournament held last October 21st saw the local chess maestro, Michael Cambareri, emerge victorious, winning all four matches and boosting his rating to an impressive 2037. Cambareri's strategic prowess and tactical acumen were on full display as he outmaneuvered opponents in a series of intense games.

Daniel McCourt made the tournament a worthwhile trip from Missoula, securing a commendable second place with three victories out of four matches. The fight for third place resulted in a draw between club members Deon Goodwin and Adam Porth, ending the tournament with a respectable 2.5 points each.

The tournament also showcased the promising talents of the Li family, who traveled from Moscow. Jessie, Roy, and Junyi Li demonstrated considerable proficiency, while Leo, Serena, and Sophia Grace made strides toward completing their provisional USCF rating.

Steve highlighted the event's competitive yet friendly atmosphere: "I had a very enjoyable game with Sophia and a tough loss to Daniel McCourt before succumbing to my cold symptoms and calling it a day."

The event, organized by Adam Porth, emphasized the need for further support to sustain such tournaments, which provide an excellent platform for local chess enthusiasts to display their skills and engage with the community. The Great Pumpkin Tournament, with its intense moments and compelling narratives, was certainly a checkmate for the local chess scene.


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