Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Local youngster wins National Championship

Lubbock boy wins national chess title
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Story last updated at 5/13/2008 - 1:45 am

Tom Polgar-Shutzman, a third-grader at Ramirez Charter School, won his third national chess title at the National Elementary Chess Championship in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Polgar-Shutzman was among 2,200 young chess players who competed for national titles during the event Friday through Sunday.

He scored 6.5 points in seven games, earning six wins and one draw. He shares the first-place title in the K-3 section with Danny Angermeier of Massachusetts.

Polgar-Shutzman is the eldest son of Susan Polgar, director of Texas Tech's Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence and Knight Raiders head coach.

Two weeks ago, Polgar-Shutzman represented the Ramirez Charter School and captured first place in the first Lubbock Open (third- through fifth-grade section) with a perfect 4-0 score.

He also helped his school team win the third-through fifth-grade first-place team trophy.

Source: Avalanche Journal
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