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West High Wins Chess Championship

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BILLINGS - Four schools competed in Saturday's High School Chess Tournament, but only students from West High and Central had the opportunity to compete in the championship.

Billings Clinic hosted the event, and organizer Dr. Charles Wittnam said Saturday's top competitors have the opportunity to move on and compete nationally. There, competitors could win up to $200,000. It's the third year for the chess tournament, and Saturday's top students said the event is just as intense as any other activity. "I would say it's more exciting in different parts. The end is exciting, because you can see it coming. In comparison to the other sports I play you are really engaged and then it's over. With chess, at the end when you can see you can win it's a fun feeling," Billings Central High Student, Tommy Pankratz said.

"The other schools are really really good, and it's been fun playing with them. So, we'll just see how it turns out I guess," West High Student, Jared McGrail said.

According to officials, Billings Central won the championship in the final game, which marks Central's first championship win over West High. Dr. Wittnam said the Billings Clinic High School Chess Championship is the single biggest high school chess tournament in the state.

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