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WSM Chess Team Places Second

WSM Chess Team Places SecondCongratulations to the West Side Montessori Chess Team. The group finished in second place at the 2013 Ohio Elementary Chess Championships on Saturday, May 11, in Columbus. Almost 300 players, representing over 80 schools, competed at the event held at The Ohio State University. The annual tournament crowns the best K-3 and K-6 individual chess players and teams in the state.

Members of the WSM team include Breckin Dunkle (Bluebird/3), Malcolm Mitchell-Chablani (Goldfinch/1), Jimmy Kleshinski (Goldfinch/3), Harshil Patel (Cardinal/2), Bryson Richards (Cardinal/2) and Renee Watkins (Goldfinch/2). The team placed second in the K-3 Championship Section.

After a slow start, the six West Side players came on strong in the final two rounds to nose out a Columbus area school for the runner-up position. Harshil Patel led his team with 3.0 points. 

This was the first time West Side Montessori has ever competed in a rated event sanctioned by the United States Chess Federation.

Coach Van Vorhis wishes to thank West Side Montessori and its chess parents for their support.