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Lawrence area chess champions in national competitions

April 10, 2013


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.


Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 10 months ago

That is so great. I try to play chess but I have trouble anticipating moves ahead of the one I am currently making. It is a wonderful game and more people should play it. Once you get the basics down, it is a matter of honing your skills which can take a lifetime of learning all the hundreds of strategies there is to learn.

Keep up the great work, kids.

jj14 4 years, 10 months ago

Congrats Kids!!!! Thanks to the LJW for posting this story!

southernopinion 4 years, 10 months ago

What a great tradition ... all started in the mid to late 90's by Harold Nelson at Quail Run Elementary. Congratulations to all!

rlmtyco 4 years, 10 months ago

I was part of his Chess Club when he first started it at Quail Run, I loved it. He taught me alot about the game, we even studied certain games that had been played and their opening moves which are all so critical.

Marlo Angell 4 years, 10 months ago

Congrats to all! Lawrence chess fans should check out the Arts Center's Free State Film Festival - this year we're showing two chess films! COMPUTER CHESS on Saturday, April 27th at 4:30pm- (a narrative film about computer chess programmers by acclaimed mumblecore director Andrew Bujalski) and BROOKLYN CASTLE on Sunday, April 28 at 2:30pm (a documentary about a winning inner city jr. high chess team). We'll have tables and chess boards in the lobby so people can play one hour before showtimes with help from KU chess club. For more info, check out

golfgroth 4 years, 10 months ago

Great job kids, you make everyone proud to see you doing such a great job at something more than video games. Cordley rocks

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