Rockford's Thurgood Marshall Wins First Place in State Chess Championship

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford's Thurgood Marshall School finished first in the junior high section at the 2013 Illinois K-8 Chess Championships at Illinois State University in Bloomington.

Almost 600 K-8 chess players competed Saturday and Sunday in the tournament. The Marshall team includes: Vincent Do, Steven Do, McKinley Torre, Henry Harmon and Kirkland Shun. Local winners included:

• Vincent Do: 1st place in the junior high section as a 5th grader playing up. He finished with a perfect score of 7-0, the only player to do so in this section

• Steven Do, an 8th grader, won a 16th place trophy in the junior high section

Washington Academy also had three players in attendance: Paranjay Gupta, Ryan Sweeney and Kamalesh Sureshkumar. In the Primary K-2 section, Sureshkumar, a 1st grader, won a 19th place trophy.

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