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Aspen Elementary shines at chess championships

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One hundred and forty chess players gathered in Albuquerque March 30 for the 2013 New Mexico Elementary School State Chess Championships. Four State Champions were crowned – K-6 Individual, K-6 Team, K-3 Individual, K-3 Team; Aspen Elementary won the competition in each of these categories.
The K-6 Aspen team of Victor Popa Simil, Henry Poston and Dimitri Lopez took first place, followed by TISA Charter School of Taos in second and Manzano Day School of Albuquerque in third.
The K-3 Aspen team of Phillip Ionkov, Ming Lo, and Andy Corliss took first place, followed by the Albuquerque teams from SY Jackson Elementary and Double Eagle Elementary.
For individual honors, there was a 3-way tie for state champion in the K-6 division – Victor Popa-Simil (Aspen), Henry Poston (Aspen) and Aaron Lawrence (Montessori of the Rio Grande, Albuquerque).
Aspen Elementary swept the K-3 individual honors with Phillip Ionkov in first, Ming Lo in second and Andy Corliss in third. The Aspen team is now off to Nashville Tennessee in an attempt to defend their National Championship victory in the Blitz competition a year ago.