Southeast student scores two wins at National Chess Day tournament

Joel Eugene-Onyejiaka, a Southeast Campus fifth-grader, won two rounds of chess including one by checkmate at the National Chess Day Scholastic Tournament at César E. Chávez High School, Oct. 14

Joel, who was representing The Varnett Public School, engaged in some practice before the tournament officially started a little after 9 a.m.

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In attendance were Joel’s mother, Ms. Cara Eugene, Mr. James Hudson of PerfectPlay Inc. and Mr. Lonnie Reynolds, Varnett’s athletic director. Joel won his second round of chess on points.

Former President Gerald Ford proclaimed and designated National Chess Day on Oct. 9, 1976. For the past several years, every second day of October has been declared National Chess Day by the U.S. Congress.

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Ms. Eugene said she was very proud of her son. Congratulations, Joel, on a job well done.

Photos: Joel Eugene-Onyejiaka at practice (top photo) and in competition at César E. Chávez High School.

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