On Sept. 24, Beaufort Academy chess club traveled to Statesboro, Ga., to play some of Georgia’s best chess players. The BA 2010 SC state champion team was only able to send five of its team players: Kevin Rogers, Alex Mazzeo, Thomas Mazzeo, Kendra Rogers and Sophis Martin. Alex Mazzeo was the only BA player in the middle school section; the other players played in the Kindergarten-5th grade section. The BA chess team played teams with 10 and more players per team. The team battled these heavy odds and still won second place. BA team captain Kevin Rogers was undefeated in the K-5 grade section, winning first place; Thomas Mazzeo with 3.5 wins, Kendra Rogers with 3.0 wins, Sophia Martin with 1.5 wins, and Kevin Rogers, Tournament Champion; middle school player Alex Mazzeo with 3.5 wins.