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The 3rd annual Canfield Chess Tournament took place on Saturday, February 3, at the Canfield GetGo. The tournament was organized by Seniors Anthony Carano and Luke Seifert for their National Honor Society project.

There was a $10 entrance fee into the tournament and all proceeds were donated to the foundation of choice, the Wounded Warrior Foundation. The Wounded Warrior Foundation is a charity and veterans organization that offers activities, programs, and services for wounded veterans of the military.   

“The military is overseas, fighting for us, so it’s nice to be able to help them out,” said Carano when asked about the foundation. Since chess has become more popular amongst the students of Canfield High School, the seniors thought it would be best to organize a tournament for a good cause.

“Last year we started playing chess and doing chess tournaments, so we thought to start another one up,” stated Seifert when asked about why they wanted to do a chess tournament as their NHS project.

The first place player, Drake Safranic, was awarded a $50 Amazon gift card while second place, Noah Zoldan, received a $25 Amazon gift card.

“It was an extraordinary experience, and a great feeling when putting on the coveted championship green jacket,” when Safranic was asked how it felt when he won.

  The chess tournament upholds a tradition, the champion receives the Green Jacket.

Former Green Jacket recipient, Noah Zoldan told us about the tradition, “We all bought the jacket for Max (Dawson) for Halloween for 50 cents, and used it as the prize, it is supposed to be like the Master’s Jacket in Golf…” The champion then signs the back of the jacket, writing their name and when the tournament took place, and keeps it until the next tournament.

When asked if Safranic prepared for the tournament, he answered, “I actually did not prepare for the tournament, and to be truthful I had forgotten about it. Dominic Duponty gave me a call around the time it started, asking when I would be there and I came then.”

Rushed and unprepared, Safranic was still able to pull out a win.

Champion, Safranic put his $50 gift card to use, “I actually just spent it on a Jay 23K gold specialty dive watch.”

Chess is becoming increasingly popular amongst Canfield students, more tournaments are being scheduled, and two seniors were able to raise money for a good cause. We hope you can CHECK out the next tournament with your MATES!

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