Twenty-seven children, ranging from preschool to 4th grade, played in a chess and Go tournament at Taborspace in Portland, OR, on Sunday, March 15th, reports Peter Freedman. “This winds up the tournament season for players from the three schools where Fritz Balwit and I teach afterschool chess and Go clubs. Kahlial Lofquist is pictured holding the school Mind Sports Championship trophy, awarded to the school with the highest win/loss percentage for chess and go combined, which went to Irvington Elementary.” Go winners: 1st: Tommy Boyd, 4-0, Beverly Cleary; 2nd: Kahlial Lofquist 3 1/2 -0 (one bye), Irvington; 3rd: Olin Waxler, 3-1, Beverly Cleary. Also finishing at 3-1, but playing weaker opponents: Emmet Mayer and Mason Bonner. Chess winners: 1st: Leo Frankunas, Irvington; 2nd: Dylan Nakaji, Richmond; 3rd: Edwin Chen, Ainsworth . Mind Sports records: First: Irvington, 24-20; 2nd: Beverly Cleary, 13-12; 3rd: Richmond, 9-9. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor. Photo by Peter Freedman.
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