Ezra Thompson wins state chess title

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 04/29/97.

Ezra Thompson, Paynesville, won first place in the kindergarten division at the state chess meet recently at the Burnsville Senior High School.

The meet consisted of nearly 400 chess players in grades kindergarten through sixth grade with 173 vying for first place in the primary kindergarten through third grade age group.

Thompson won four of the seven games played over the weekend. His older brother, Peder, also won four games and fell just one game short of winning the "outstate" champion honors.

Players were allowed one hour and 20 minutes per game and chess clocks were used after one hour. "It was a wonderful experience, Jay Thompson, his dad, said.

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