STEELE CREEK -- Several students from the Steele Creek and Lake Wylie area participated in the May 10 weekend National Chess Championship for elementary students in Pittsburgh, including a kindergarten to fifth-grade team from Winget Park Elementary.
They took home 27th place in the K-5 championship division. According to uscf.org here's how players did: Ken Chu, 4.5,1548; Nicole Spencer, 2.5,976; Zachary Queck, 1.0,469; Alex Chu, 1.0,468; and Chase Thomas, 1.0,116.
Third-grader Avery and first-grader Jayden Feagans of Lake Wylie Elementary also played. Avery tied for 25th in the K-3 under 800 division, and Jayden was 295th place out of 352 children.
There were more than 2,000 elementary children from throughout the country who competed in the Burt Lancaster National Chess Championship.
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Every year Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Chess Association sponsors two or three teams and three top individuals to participate in the Southern Scholastic Chess Tournament. Both the Winget team and individual Avery Feagan were chosen for this year's competition. The CMSCA is a nonprofit organization that sends instructors to participating CMS schools. For more information, visit cmsca.org.