Youngsters at Quail Run School are making moves like they want to follow in footsteps of world champions Bobby Fischer and Alexander Khalifman.
Five members of the Lawrence elementary school's chess club played well enough at the St. Thomas Aquinas High School tournament in Overland Park to place second among 17 teams in the high school division.
"It was just a matter of stretching our players," Quail Run chess coach Harold Nelson said.
He said the group played up to the high school level to hone skills in anticipation of state and national competitions against students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Quail Run's club team placed first in the state and 10th at nationals last season.
"We do want to make a statement at nationals," Nelson said. "We are trying to be first in the nation."
The Quail Run team that finished in second place Saturday was composed of Deepyaman Datta, Michael Goble, Benji Greenberg, Adam Hammond and Brett Lisher.
They beat teams from Shawnee Mission East, Pembroke Hill, North Kansas City, Oak Park and Lee's Summit high schools. Rockhurst High School won the tournament.
A second Quail Run squad with 15 students competed against kindergarten through eighth-grade teams and came in eighth. A group from Southwest Junior High School in Lawrence finished fifth in that division.
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