The sign looming over the 93 scholastic chess players in the Castlewood School Gym read, “dreams begin here,” and for the many students playing in their first-ever USCF-rated tournament it was a very appropriate sign at that. Seeing a gym filled with chess boards & timers, experiencing the “quiet” of their first ever chess game in a real chess tournament, and getting up close to all the shiny trophies & medals certainly could have that effect on a new chess player “dreaming” of glory on the checkered board.

However, as any experienced chess player knows, it’s a long road of learning & playing before they can sometimes attain that glory of going home with the top prize. So it was, on Saturday, November 13, 2001, at the Castlewood School in Castlewood, South Dakota, as students from all over SD battled for the right to go home with some hardware from the inaugural Castlewood Scholastic Chess Tournament.The inaugural 2010 Castlewood Scholastic Chess Tournament attracted 93 students for a day of battle on the chessboard!



The inaugural 2010 Castlewood Scholastic Chess Tournament attracted 93 students for a day of battle on the chessboard!


The 2010 version of the Castlewood Scholastic featured three sections based on USCF ratings (Open, U600, and U400), with an additional team competition based on overall team scores from up to four students from each school no matter which section they entered. In the Open section, trophies went to the top seven individuals; in the U600 section, trophies went to the top five individuals; and in the U400 section, trophies went to the top five individuals, and medals to the top five unrated players who were not eligible for trophies in this section.

The Open section for all USCF-rated players rated over 600 saw 25 entries with Josiah Jorenby (1493), of Brookings Home School, fresh off his 2010 SD co-Junior State Championship, coming in as the clear favorite in the five-round match. But an upset loss in round 2 against Eddie Yermolinsky (0974) of Memorial Middle School in Sioux Falls opened the way for several other players to vie for the title in this section. Jorenby fought his way back to board one in the final round, but a draw against Jerry John Casteel (1088) of Rapid City Central High School was enough for Casteel to walk away with the top prize in this hard-fought section.

The U600 section, with 18 entrants, was the smallest section of the day, featuring six rounds of action. Manu Nair (0594) of Discovery Elementary School in Sioux Falls managed to best all comers as he went undefeated in this section to take home the big trophy.
In the U400 section, 50 students clearly made it the largest section of the day, but in the end it was Destiny Jorenby (0183) of Brookings Home School coming out on top in the six-round match.
Lastly, the team portion of the competition featured a clear first place finish by the host Castlewood High School team. GM Alex Yermolinsky served as the Tournament Director for this event, assisted by Bob Boland of the Sioux Empire Chess Foundation.

 

Castlewood HS student Dylan Wittmeier (facing camera in blue shirt) spent the whole day on board one in the U400 section only to finally lose out to Destiny Jorenby in his final game of the day. This photo reveals how every game on the left side of the photo had finished during this round, while players on the right continue to battle…one of those unusual things that can sometimes happen at a chess tournament.
Castlewood HS student Dylan Wittmeier (facing camera in blue shirt) spent the whole day on board one in the U400 section only to finally lose out to Destiny Jorenby in his final game of the day. This photo reveals how every game on the left side of the photo had finished during this round, while players on the right continue to battle…one of those unusual things that can sometimes happen at a chess tournament.


The listing of students/teams that won trophies/medals is as follows:


U400 Section
1. Destiny Jorenby (0183), Brookings Home School (HS), 5.5/6
2. Dylan Wittmeier (0387), Castlewood High School, 5.0/6
3. Aliyah White (0260), Pierre Indian Learning Center (K-5), 5.0/6
4. Lindsey Tobacco (0259), Pierre Indian Learning Center (K-5), 5.0/6
5. Elijah Pierret (0382), Garretson Middle School, 4.5/6
Top five unrated-
1. Briana Greene, Castlewood High School, 4.5/6
2. Carson Borer, Castlewood High School, 4.0/6
3. Tyrece Thomas, Pierre Indian Learning Center (K-5), 4.0/6
4. Grant Olsen, Castlewood Elementary School, 3.5/6
5. Lorenzo White, Pierre Indian Learning Center (K-5), 3.0/6


U600 Section
1. Manu Nair (0594), Discovery Elementary School, Sioux Falls, 6.0/6
2. Blayne Schliesman (0564), Castlewood High School, 5.0/6
3. Austin Weiss (0499), Georgia Morse Middle School, Pierre, 4.0/6
4. Riley Haug (0528), Castlewood Middle School, 4.0/6
5. Cody Smith (0579), Castlewood High School, 4.0/6


Open Section

1. Jerry John Casteel (1088), Rapid City Central High School, 4.5/5
2. Luke Rysavy (1179), O’Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, 4.0/5
3. Nathaniel Boland (1019), Garretson Middle School, 4.0/5
4. Malavika Nair (1104), Memorial Middle School, Sioux Falls, 4.0/5
5. Josiah Jorenby (1493), Brookings Home School (HS), 3.5/5
6. Keanan Richter (0619), Memorial Middle School, Sioux Falls, 3.5/5
7. Eddie Yermolinsky (0974), Memorial Middle School, Sioux Falls, 3.0/5


Overall Teams
1. Castlewood High School, 15.5/20
2. Garretson Middle School, 14.0/20
3. Pierre Indian Learning Center (K-5), 14.0/20
4. Castlewood Middle School, 13.5/20
5. Memorial Middle School, Sioux Falls, 13.5/20