Lawrence middle school student named state chess champion

03/27/2013 6:00 AM

03/26/2013 11:58 PM

A Lawrence Southwest Middle School student was named the K-8 division Kansas state chess champion on Saturday after breaking a three-way tie declared earlier this month at the state chess meet.

Apramay Mishra beat Joshua Fernandes of Wichita Collegiate School and Zachary Schuh of Olathe’s California Trail Middle School in the match, held after a tournament official’s error led to the tie on March 9, Kansas Scholastic Chess Association president Sammy Hole said.

She will advance to the Dewain Barber Tournament, a national chess contest for elementary and middle school students, set for July 27-30 in Middleton, Wis.

More than 600 school-aged children ages 4 to 19 from 139 public and private schools competed in the statewide meet.

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