Chess players place in national championship

By Phyllis Coulter
Bloomington – Normal, IL

NORMAL — Twin City student chess players continue to make their names known at national competitions.

Bloomington-Normal sent 32 students from eight area schools to the national elementary-school chess championship in Nashville, Tenn., said Greg DeBo, chess coachat Prairieland Elementary School.

They advanced from state competition.About 2,100 of the top chess players in the nation gathered last weekend for the 2007 National Bert Lerner Elementary K-6 Championship.

The team from Prairieland Elementary School in Normal finished eighth in its category, K-6 under 1,000. Schools and players fall in a variety of point-based categories under the chess organization’s rating system.

DeBo said he wasn’t surprised by his team’s high achievement among 620 teams from 47 states. “Our fourth- and fifth-(grade) team won every tournament in the state,” he said.

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