The Fifth Annual Youngblood Chess Invitational was held Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Sudie A. Fulford Community Learning Center on the campus of East Georgia State College. Twenty-one avid chess players from Emanuel, Toombs, Bulloch, Candler and Johnson County competed. Top honors went to third place, Connor Higgs of J.R. Trippe Middle School in Vidalia; second place, Kasey Bruner of Metter High School; and first place, Sukumar Paidi of Robert Toombs Christian Academy. Section winners included Anna Beall of Vidalia Heritage Academy, William Thain and Bennie Thain of Swainsboro High School, Hannon Shepard of Johnson County High School/East Georgia State College and Jack Godbee of Sally Meadows Elementary School in Vidalia.
Jay Youngblood, Mike Lisenby and Jim Beall coordinated the tournament.