Lawrence area students brought home five trophies from the U.S. Chess Federation Super Nationals Chess Championships held April 5-7 in Nashville, Tenn. Two other students who recently won state championships will compete at other national tournaments later this year.
The Super Nationals tournament is open to any player from a school that is a member of the federation.
Robert Newman, Lawrence High School sophomore, won first place in the K-12 section for players with a USCF rating under 800. The USCF rating system ranges from 100 for beginners to 2,000 or higher for masters and grand masters. Newman is the son of Robert and Susan Newman of Lawrence.
Meanwhile, Cordley School won the second place team trophy in the K-3 unrated section with Ben Shryock placing sixth individually and Annelise Hoopes finishing in a tie for 10th.
Venkata Malladi, a senior at Free State High School, tied for 30th in the K-12 Under 1,600 division.
In other local chess action, Kiana Hajiarbabi, a seventh grade student at Southwest Middle School, will compete at the USCF National Girls Invitational Tournament April 26-28 in Chicago. She earned the spot after placing first at the Kansas State Girls Chess Championship held March 23 at the Kansas University School of Engineering.
And Apramay Mishra, an eighth-grade student at Southwest, recently earned a spot at the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions to be held July 27-30 in Middleton, Wis. That's a tournament for players who won state championships.
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Apramay earned that spot after finishing in a three-way tie for first place at the Kansas state tournament in Wichita in March, then winning a round robin playoff tournament that was held to select the winner.