Chess players William Wolfe, David Lou and Eshika Kudarvalli.
In March three students from South Shades Crest Elementary had the opportunity to participate in the 2013 Alabama State Scholastic Chess Championship in Madison, Ala.
On the first day all three students participated in the individual tournament. David Lou, a fourth grader who takes chess lessons online, had three wins, two draws and no losses, earning him a third place finish in the state in the elementary division for fourth through sixth grades. William Wolfe, a member of the Knight School, and Eshika Kudarvalli, a member of Chess Kids Nation, both second graders, had three wins and two losses each in the primary division for kindergarten through third grade.
The next day, Eshika and William both earned spots on their chess school teams and competed in the club team tournament. Eshika played for one of the Chess Kids Nation teams, and William played for one of the Knight School teams. Eshika’s team placed first in the state for club team play in the primary division.