GMG Chess Tournament

My name is Jeremiah Peisert and I was the program manager on site at Realm this year. It was an auspicious start for this small team to say the least.

Five students from the REALM attended:

Tate Hastings
Dar Klein
Donovan Eastwood
Sam Hastings
Sammy Katz

They were going up against many much larger, more seasoned schools, many of whom brought teams of over 20 students to compete.  There were representatives from 24 schools all competing for the top prize: college scholarships.

The top three competitors from the REALM were Tate, Dar and Donovan.  Tate scored a perfect 12-0, Dar was close behind at 11-0 and Donovan scored a strong 3rd with a record of 10-1; all huge scores.  These young men were friends both at school and away, and their teamwork really shined.  Tate and Dar also attended 2-weeks of back-to-back Chess Tutors Summer Camp Extravaganza to prepare for their first GMG. Donovan also attended the first week of Summer Camp with Tate and Dar to help prepare himself and I think it’s no accident that their hard-work and preparation made such a stunning impact at the our 14th annual GMG hosted at the University of Southern California.

The school they were going up against in the final match hosted on our giant chess-set was Open Magnet Charter, a 3-time GMG champion school who has been either 1st or 2nd place the last five years in a row! The final match was between the top 2 scorers from each school: Tate and Dar vs John Dunbar and Noah Smith (a GMG veteran). It was an epic finale, and Tate and Dar rose victorious as the first-ever school to win the GMG in their rookie debut!

All five competitors from Realm will receive college scholarships in at next year’s GMG with Tate and Dar sharing a larger percentage for their performance and leadership.

It was an honor to be their coach and we wish them all the best. It wouldn’t surprise me to see these lads at the top again next year. 😉

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