The two 8-year-olds face each other across the chess board, breaking away the stereotype of the quiet, slow-paced game. They yap, critique, and even trash talk in quick fashion.
They admit they originally came for the pizza, but they stay for the love of competition. The two, third-grader Vansh Varak and second-grader Raghav Venkat, are among the kids putting Elbridge Gale Elementary School’s chess program on the map. Both placed tops in the individual rankings at the recent state chess championship in Tampa and were part of the school’s teams that won trophies in each age category.
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