WINNSBORO — Eli Moore, a fourth grader at Midland’s STEM Institute in Winnsboro, came away the big winner after deciding to crash the Charleston scholastic chess scene recently in Mt. Pleasant.
Already an accomplished player, Moore currently anchors an MSI Chess Team that successfully competes against elementary and middle school teams in the Midlands area.
After playing-up and winning individual first place honors in the middle school section at his team’s last scholastic tournament, Moore told his father, Mike Moore, that he “wanted to aim even higher.”
Specifically, he wanted to play way up and win a big scholastic tournament against the oldest kids at the highest level.
On Dec. 5, Eli Moore, 10, attended the Charleston Snow Day Scholastic Chess Tournament in Mt. Pleasant. At the end of the day and after all the dust had settled, he walked away with a first place trophy. He had won the K-12 Open Division of the tourney.
“He didn’t just win,” said the older Moore, who is also the coach. “Though clearly an underdog at the outset, Eli played elegantly, winning all of his games against the most top-seeded players.”
A total of 91 school kids through grade 12 competed for individual honors in the annual event.