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February 10, 2010 > Fremont chess prodigies top tourney

Fremont chess prodigies top tourney

Submitted By Alan M. Kirshner, Ph.D.

On Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30-31, St. Mark's School in San Rafael hosted the Third Annual California Chess Girls Championships. Fremont girls performed admirably at the event.

Amirah Mohamed Rafi, a first-grade student at Weibel Elementary School, tied for first place in the Kindergarten/First Grade Division. Amy Chan of Weibel received the trophy for Best Kindergarten Contestant. Weibel Elemerntary School tied for the State Championship in the team competition.

In the Second/Third-Grade Division, Sara Kaushik, a Weibel third-grade student, tied for second place. Weibel Elementary School stood alone as the Second/Third-Grade State Championship team.

Weibel students Sharon Lu and Geeta Shanker (both in fourth grade) tied for third place in the Fourth/Fifth/Sixth-Grade Division with the Weibel girls chess team again winning the State Team Championship.

Horner students Sangeetha Srinivasan and Sabrina Mohammad Rafi tied for fifth place in the Junior High School Division; Samyukta Bhat from American tied for first place in High School Division.

Some elementary school students played up into higher division. Emily Zhu from Mission San Jose Elementary School tied for first place in the Junior High School Division. Weibel's Joanna Liu (only in second grade) took fifth in the High School Division. In that same division, third-grade student Alisha Chawla from Weibel, who placed seventh in the World Youth Championships in Turkey in November, tied with Irvington's Ankita Roy for third place.

Weibel Elementary School took the High School Team Championship.

On another note: Ankita Roy, along with fellow Irvington students, National Chess Master Rohan Agarwal and Akshay Narayan, will be holding the first Fremont Elementary School Chess Championships at Irvington High School on Saturday, Feb. 27.

For further information you can contact Rohan Agarwal at rohan.agarwal204@gmail.com or go to http://www.eventbee.com/view/fremontchesschampionship.

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