The Jackrabbit Open was held on the campus of South Dakota State University (SDSU) on February 7th in Brookings. The local chess club hosted the event that was rated by the United States Chess Federation (USCF) and offered free and clear of any entry fee. The tournament was directed by Chet Marks.
There were 53 players in attendance and 4 schools were represented in the scholastic sections: Pierre Indian Learning Center (PILC), New Life Fellowship (NLF) Baptist of Batesland, SD, and Robert Frost and Rosa Parks elementary schools from Sioux Falls.
The kindergarten though third grade (K-3) champion was Josiah Cuevas of PILC, second place was captured by Joanna Marks of NLF Baptist and Nicholas Drapeau of PILC took third. The K-3 team champion was PILC.
In the K-5 division it was a hard fought battle that ended up with Jackson Geerts of Robert Frost School and Hannah Marks of NLF Baptist finishing with 4.5 points each, only giving up a draw to each other. Hannah took first on tie breaks, Jackson took second while fellow teammate Samuel Hindbjorgen of Robert Frost took third with 4 points.
The battle for the K-5 team trophy was very close. Robert Frost took second with 11.5 points with only three players while PILC took first with 12.5 points scored by their top four players.
In the K-8 section Susanna Marks from the NLF team was undefeated with a perfect 5.0 , second was Tyrece Thomas of PILC with 4.0 and Lorenzo Dumas of PILC was third.
PILC also took the team trophy as Robert Frost, and Rosa Parks didn’t have any players in the K-8 , NLF Baptist only had one player in the K-8
The open section had 22 players in attendance. This created some great match ups and some hard fought games, but at the end of the day when the last move was made Ian Morton formerly of South Carolina now in South Dakota emerged as the clear winner with the only perfect score of 4.0.
In the open section second place ended in a 4 way tie with James Lenz, Josiah Jorenby, Terry Likens and Kody Jenson all having 3 points each.
James Lenz went into the final round undefeated against Ian Morton the only other undefeated player , but Ian managed a win to come out on top.
Marks commented that: [The open section had] 11 players [that] were what I would consider some of the top players in the state." he went on to say " All in all it was a great tournament.... I would like to thank the SDSU chess club and all those that worked so hard to make it a success."
The USCF cross-tables can be found at: www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201502077152.0
Photos are at: http://sdchess.org/photos/index.php?album=2015%20Jackrabbit%20Open/