Do, Davis dominate IHSA chess meet

PEORIA – Auburn junior Vincent Do was the most outstanding player at the IHSA state chess meet for the second straight year.

Do was one of just two players out of 125 to win all seven of his matches on Board 1 of the state chess meet. Do faced stiffer competition than the other player, sophomore Felix Jahn of Joliet West.

Do defeated the players with an aggregate ranking of 398 (121st, 21st, 102nd, 25th, 22nd, 29th and 78th), while Jahn’s seven wins came over players with an aggregate ranking of 612 (44th, 74th, 66th, 125th, 89th, 123rd and 91st).

The results are academic. The IHSA doesn’t name an individual champion from the meet. It only crowns a team champion. The state, though, has annually released where players finished on each board based on the strength of their opponents. The IHSA chose not to do that this year because it felt individual rankings were getting too much attention.

Do admitted in an interview on WNTA Sports Fan Radio 1330 two weeks ago that that decision was disappointing. It didn’t deter him Saturday. Do, who was the driving force behind re-establishing Auburn’s chess program in 2017-2018, now is 14-0 in his two IHSA meets.

Behind Do’s dominant play, Auburn finished 56th out of 125 teams. Auburn’s other results were:

  • Sengdao Inthavong, 4-3 on Board 2.
  • Richard Yang, 1-2-4 on Board 3.
  • Spencer Kang, 0-2-5 on Board 4.
  • Luis Angeles, 2-4-1 on Board 5.
  • Isaiah Taylor, 2-5 on Board 6.
  • Coda Dotson-Rentsch, 1-6 on Board 7.
  • Justin Abel, 1-6 on Board 8.

Do wasn’t the only one to impress Saturday. Guilford sophomore Jeremiah Davis was one of just eight players on Board 1 to score six points Saturday (a win is worth one and a draw is worth 1/2 point).

Davis won five of his seven match and drew the other two. While Do has gotten more attention, Davis now is 10-1-3 in his two trips to the state meet. Davis powered to Guilford 84th overall. The other Vikings:

  • Joaquin Santillan, 4-3 on Board 2.
  • Daniel Anderson, 2-4-1 on Board 3.
  • Jocelyn Nunez-Monreal, 2-5 on Board 4.
  • Paola Fabietti, 4-3 on Board 5.
  • Judah Salberg, 2-5 on Board 6.
  • Cedric Taylor and Laron Whittington were winless on boards 7 and 8.

To put Do and Davis in even better perspective, the two already now rank second and fourth in all-time Board 1 wins for District 205 chess players.

District 205 IHSA Board 1 Records
Player School Years W L D
Zack Beach Auburn 2002, ’03, ’04, ’05 19 8 1
Vincent Do Auburn 2018, ’19 14 0 0
Logan Rodgers Jefferson 2014, ’15, ’16 14 6 1
Jeremiah Davis Guilford 2018, ’19 10 1 3
Karl Keyzer Auburn 1999, ’00 10 3 1
Franco Trujillo Guilford 2016, ’17 8 4 2
Bret Tolmie Jefferson 2010, ’11 6 7 1
Daniel Ojeda Jefferson 2018 5 1 1
Chas Hendricks Jefferson 1998 4 2 1
Blake Lundin Jefferson 2012 4 3 0
Jeff Worden Jefferson 1997 3 3 0
Chad Casarotto Auburn 2001 3 4 0
Nate Blair Jefferson 2017 3 4 0
Pat Lauher Auburn 1997 2 3 1
Darren Wolfe Jefferson 1999 2 5 0
Marco Calles Jefferson 2013 2 5 0
Kris Keeker Auburn 1998 1 3 3
Randy Lundeen Guilford 2015 0 6 1
Note: IHSA individual records go back to 1997


Posted on 02.09.19