Wichita students among winners at state chess tournament

03/13/2013 6:00 AM

03/12/2013 10:57 PM

Students from Wichita, Lawrence and Kansas City-area schools were among winners in the weekend’s State Scholastic Chess Tournament, held in Wichita.

Individual competitors winning first place at the March 9 contest were Gordon Lee of Lawrence Virtual School in the K-3rd grade division and Caroline Jiang of Wichita’s Sunrise Christian Academy in K-5.

Tony Cheng of Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park won the K-12 division; he advances to the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, held July 27-30 in Middleton, Wis.

A tournament official’s error led to a three-way tie in the K-8 state contest, Kansas Scholastic Chess Association president Sammy Hole said; Joshua Fernandes of Wichita Collegiate School, Apramay Mishra of Lawrence’s Southwest Middle School, and Zachary Schuh of Olathe’s California Trail Middle School will face off Saturday at the University of Kansas to determine the state’s K-8 champion. The winner will advance to the Dewain Barber Tournament, a national chess contest for elementary and middle school students, also held July 27-30 in Middleton.

Teams clinching first place March 9 were Wichita’s St. Francis of Assisi Elementary in K-3; Lawrence’s Cordley Elementary in K-5; Lawrence Southwest Middle School in K-8; and Lawrence Free State High School in K-12.

More than 600 school-aged children ages 4 to 19 from 139 public and private schools participated.

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