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The Bashkansky family Chess Travel blog: parents Guy and Ludmila with children NM Ethan and WIM Naomi

Sunday, April 24, 2016

K-8 National Chess Team Co-Champions!

Odle Middle School chess team has tied for first place in the K-8 National Championship held in Indianapolis.  

They are the National Co-Champions!  See

Fellow students Derek Zhang (grade 8) and Naomi Bashkansky (grade 7) have tied for third in the individual standings.

They scored 6 out of 7, half a point below top:

Congratulations to Bellevue’s Olde Middle School chess team on their outstanding achievement tying for 1st place in K-8 at National Junior High Championship in Indianapolis, IN. Derek Zhang (rating 2148) and Naomi Bashkansky (rating 1993) led the team with a score of 6/7, tying for 3rd place in the 272 player section.  Other members of the team include Brian Chen (1624), Richard Yang (1635), James Lai (1602), Benjamin Mousseau (938) [who scored first under rating 1000], and Aidan Lawler (1366).

Odle chess kids achieved extraordinary success in a huge national competition and can serve as great educational example.

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