The Petoskey District Library Chess Gang held its end-of-the-year chess championship on Tuesday, May 27. Eighteen youth aged 8 through 15 played in a 5 round tournament that marked the ‘grand finale’ of the PDL chess club’s events for this season. Trophies were awarded for places 1 through 5 and for top players with ratings under 600, 400 and 200. A participant’s ratings are a point level achieved in all previous monthly PDL tournaments, and it is calculated using a US Chess Federation online calculator. Ratings are used to set up the pairings for each round. Unrated players were welcome as well. Trophy winners Overall winners First-Alex Bemben (4-1/2 pts). Second-Ben Gauthier (4 pts., tie break). Third-Christian Duran (4 pts. Fourth-Christopher Gauthier (3-1/2 pts.) Fifth-Asa Gold (3 pts.) Under 600 rating prize: Bailey Reich Under 400 rating prize: Joel Struck Under 200 rating prize: Ben Schuman The PDL chess club was fortunate to have many sponsors this year. The Friends of the Library sponsored trophies and medals, and the Grain Train provided trays of snacks and prizes. Rocking Horse Toy Co. McLean and Eakin Booksellers and The Corner Scoop donated generous prizes that were raffled off as well as some donated electronic, wooden and glass chess sets. The PDL Chess Gang will start up again this fall. Watch for details from the library in early September A BIG THANKS is due our Chess Gang mentors: Robert Bemben & Robin Ray.