Local youth taking chess talents to provincial, national and North American levels

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

By winning a chess tournament last month, Corey Way has advanced into not just one big tournament but three.

Way, a Grade 6 student at Stella Maris School, won the Ciociaro Club Youth Chess Tournament last month. The championship propelled the 11-year-old into the Ontario Youth Chess Championships in May, the Canadian Youth Chess Championships in July and the North American Youth Chess Championships in August. The Ontario tournament is in Kitchener while the latter two are scheduled for Caesars Windsor.

Corey Way, a Grade 6 student at Stella Maris, has advanced to the Ontario, Canadian and North American youth chess championships.

Corey Way, a Grade 6 student at Stella Maris, has advanced to the Ontario, Canadian and North American youth chess championships.

Way won his first eight games in the Ciociaro Club tournament, though had some tough opposition along the way. After advancing out of the first day, he admitted to lacking confidence on the ride there for the next round of tournament action. He lost the first match on that day but quickly rebounded.

“I shrugged it off and got my confidence back,” he said.

He won his next two matches, including the latter over a good friend of his.

“I made a few good moves near the end and he made one mistake,” said Way.

Way regularly prepares for tournaments by playing his father Rob and his brother Cameron. He spent a lot of his March Break getting ready, playing as many as seven matches a day, though nerves kick in before every tournament.

“It’s nerve-wracking before you are playing but when you start, you get the hang of it,” said Way.

Noting he is excited to advance into the next three tournaments, Way stated he is happy for the support he has received.

“I’m happy I am playing so well and I’m at the level I’m at now,” he added.

Way started playing chess four years ago and enjoys the game.

“It’s interesting,” he said. “You learn patience. You think about your next move and their next move.”

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