Teen chess player fifth in national tourney

Two southern Mecklenburg teens competed in national chess tournaments recently, and one came away with a Top 5 finish.

Amelia Wheeless, 17, finished fifth of 49 players at the Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls, which ended Aug. 3, in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Wheeless, a home-schooled senior who lives in southeastern Mecklenburg, scored four wins, one loss and one draw.

It was the best finish ever by an N.C. player in the event, said her father, Randy Wheeless.

Frank Mu, 17, of south Charlotte also competed in Cherry Hill at the Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions.

Mu, a senior at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, went 3-3, with two wins, two losses and two draws.

He placed in the middle of the field, Wheeless said.

The teens have been playing chess since elementary school and between the two, have traveled to hundreds of tournaments.

Source: Charlotte.com

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