Almost 300 eager young chess players descended on Haliburton Village Friday, March 26th to contest the 2011 Trillium Lakelands District School Board Chess Championship. The youngsters represented 15 schools from across central Ontario. 

The tournament featured 5 rounds of play for students in grades 1 through to grade 8 that would decide the district champions. Also on the line were invitations to the provincial championship to be held in Toronto on April 18th. The top 3 in each category qualified for the provincial finals, with larger sections sending four to the provincials. 

J.D. Hodgson players posted some excellent results. In grade 4, Aidan Coles, Bo Stevenson and Rebecca Yang qualified to attend the provincial championships by placing 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. Grade 5 was nearly a sweep for the Jaguars of J.D. Hodgson School. Champion Emily Klose and 3rd place Sam Long qualified along with 4th place Eric Wooten.  Shadman Samin took 3rd place in grade 6 and also earned an invitation to the provincial finals.  Angus Sullivan took the Grade 8 trophy to finish his elementary playing days. He was last year’s grade 7 champion. He defeated his team-mate Spencer Devolin in the final round and was followed by Raymond Bunn who qualified 4th.

The team title once again went to J.D. Hodgson E.S. with 57.5 points, followed by Stuart Baker Elementary with 53.5 and Lady Mckenzie P.S. with 35.2.