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Local kids do well at chess tournament

PROUD CHESS WINNERS Asa McCallum, right and Jack Simpson hold the impressive trophies they won at the Vermont State Scholastic Chess Tournament March 24 in Craftsbury. McCallum took home first in his division and Simpson finished second in his. Photo by Erin Davis

CRAFTSBURY — Two Addison County children placed in the Vermont State Scholastic Chess Tournament March 24 in Craftsbury. Asa McCallum of Weybridge placed first in the 2nd-grade division, with four wins and a draw. Jack Simpson of Middlebury placed second in the 4th-grade division, with four wins and a loss.

Both boys frequent the Ilsley Library Chess Club, which is open to everyone and meets on Fridays at 3:30 p.m. during the school year. In the final weeks leading up to the tournament, they practiced together, often at Haymaker Bun Co. McCallum credits Simpson with being his “kid coach.”

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