The West Side High School chess team won second place on Saturday in the small-school division for 1A-3A schools of the Chess Association for Arkansas Schools Regional Chess Tournament. Members of the team are Ben Smith, Nate Smith, Billy O’Neal, and Sean Martin. West Side’s only player in the junior high competition was Caden Brown.
Ben and Nate both won 3 out of 5 matches. Sean and Billy finished with 2.5 points each, with a half point awarded for ties and 1 point for wins. Caden won his first match as a high school chess player.
West Side hosted the event, which featured dozens of players from as far away as Cedarville, El Dorado, and Booneville.