GROTON -- The Groton Country Day School Chess Team traveled to Sacred Heart School in Gardner on Thursday, March 20, to compete in its second chess tournament of the school year.

A total of 13 CDS students participated, comprising one-third of the field of 40 competitors. With such a large field, five rounds were required to determine the overall winner.

CDS fourth-grader Duncan Premus from Pepperell emerged as the overall tournament champion after winning a closely contested final round match against SHS top player, John Worden V.

Three CDS students also captured age-group medals, including second-grader Connor Liona from Westford, who took first-place in the kindergarten through second-grade category, as well as Duncan Premus from Pepperell and James Martin from Ayer, who won first- and second-place honors in the third- through fifth-grade category.

The CDS team showed that it has a bright future with a number of young CDS players giving excellent performances, in particular, Adam MacLean (kindergarten) from Westford, Jackson Wright (first-grade) from Pepperell, and Molly Shanahan (second-grade) from Dunstable.

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