Lin­coln Stu­dents Ex­cel In Chess

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The chess tour­na­ment at Sonora Middle School was a big suc­cess for Lin­coln Middle School.

The NWA Win­ter 2016 Open Chess Tour­na­ment was held Feb. 27 and more than 200 play­ers from all over Northwest Arkansas com­peted in three divi­sions: 2nd-4th grade, 5th/6th grade, and 7th/8th grade.

Lin­coln Middle School took 18 stu­dents to com­pete in the 2nd-4th grade and the 5th/6th grade divi­sions. In the 2nd-4th grade divi­sion, Lin­coln stu­dents fin­ished first, se­cond and third place. Paulo Or­tiz was the first place win­ner, Kaleb Roy se­cond and Diego Trillo came in third. Paulo and Kaleb both won all five of their games. Lin­coln play­ers were do­ing so well that dur­ing the fi­nal round, all four play­ers on the top two boards were Lin­coln Middle School stu­dents.

In the 5th/6th grade divi­sion, Chi­long Vang of Lin­coln won all five of his games, but the com­puter gave the strength of sched­ule tiebreaker to an­other stu­dent with a per­fect score. Chi­long fin­ished in se­cond place.

Lin­coln Middle School qual­i­fied 10 play­ers for the Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons that will be held at the Northwest Arkansas Ed­u­ca­tional Ser­vice Co­op­er­a­tive in Farm­ing­ton on April 30.

Ryan Billings­ley, EAST fa­cil­i­ta­tor at Lin­coln Middle School, coaches the chess team.

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Chi­long Vang, right and wear­ing a black hoodie, con­cen­trates dur­ing one of his chess matches at a re­cent tour­na­ment. Chi­long,a fifth-grader at Lin­coln Middle School, won all five of his games and was named se­cond place win­ner for the fifth/sixth-grade divi­sion. An­other boy also won all five games. The com­puter broke the tie and gave first place

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Th­ese three fourth-graders at Lin­coln Middle School fin­ished third, se­cond and first in a re­cent chess tour­na­ment in Spring­dale: Diego Trillo, left, Kaleb Roy and Paulo Or­tiz. Lin­coln stu­dents had a suc­cess­ful tour­na­ment.

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