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Area students capture state chess titles

March 11, 2013

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Apramay Mishra, an eighth-grade student at Southwest Middle School, still has a chance to qualify for the national chess championship tournament this summer.

Mishra finished in a three-way tie for first place Saturday at the Kansas Scholastic Chess Association state tournament in Wichita.

As a result, tournament organizers said, he'll have to play in a tie-breaking round robin match against the two other top finishers — Joshua Fernandes, of Wichita Collegiate, and Zachary Schuh, of California Trails Junior High in Olathe — to decide which one gets to claim the state title. The time and place of that match have not yet been decided.

The winner will go on to the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions July 27-30 in Middleton, Wis.

Apramay was just one of several Lawrence-area chess players who brought home trophies and titles from the state tournament at the Independent School in Wichita, where 591 players from elementary, middle and high schools throughout Kansas competed.

Lawrence schools swept the high school team competition, with Free State High School winning first, just ahead of second-place finisher Lawrence High School.

The team from Southwest Middle School took first in the K-8 competition.

Cordley and Sunset Hill schools took first and second respectively in the K-5 competition.

Raintree Montessori won second place in the K-3 category, followed by Cordley in third place, Prairie Park School in eighth, and Quail Run in ninth.

In addition to Apramay, other individual players from the Lawrence area included:

High school:

• Venkata Malladi, Free State, second place.

• Edward Wilson, Lawrence High, third place.

• Aaron Simon, Free State, fifth place.

K-5:

• Ryan Duan, Quail Run School, fourth place.

• Ben Hoopes, Cordley, ninth place.

• Guthrie Bricker, Cordley, 10th place.

K-3:

• Aidan Jayaraman, Quail Run, second place.

• Oliver Rubenstein, Raintree, fourth place.

Comments

justcause 1 year, 1 month ago

Congratulations to all! Both my boys played chess in elementary school and attended many local, state and even national events. It was great experience and they learned so much. Although they gave up their chess board for athletics, chess helped build a strong academic foundation which kept them on the honor roll throughout school. I'm so glad to see these programs in many schools. Keep up the good work!!

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 1 month ago

Lawrence schools swept the high school team competition, with Free State High School winning first, just ahead of second-place finisher Lawrence High School.

The team from Southwest Middle School took first in the K-8 competition.

Cordley and Sunset Hill schools took first and second respectively in the K-5 competition.

Raintree Montessori won second place in the K-3 category, followed by Cordley in third place, Prairie Park School in eighth, and Quail Run in ninth.

---WOW! very impressive. congratulations to you all. you have worked hard and earned this.

chess teaches so much.

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munchimoo 1 year, 1 month ago

Central is listed as LMCM and their team got 11th place, West (LAWM) got 6th place, and South (LSMS) got 21st. http://www.ksca.us/tournament%20results/2013StateK8Team.HTM

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Peter Hancock 1 year, 1 month ago

Liberty Memorial Central Middle School was not listed on the KSCA website as one of the participants: http://ksca.us/kscadb/codes.php.

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Kat Christian 1 year, 1 month ago

Well what about the mention of the Central Middle School players?

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Bradford Hoopes 1 year, 1 month ago

Fantastic! Now, many of these kids are moving on to the Super National Chess Championships in Nashville in April. Wish them luck!

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Joe Hyde 1 year, 1 month ago

Congratulations, Lawrence chess players!

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