GM Gareev on the Girls State Championship in Kansas

Lindsborg, Kansas once again welcomed the Girls State Championship this year.  The event was held on March 26 at Karpov Chess School. Sheena Zheng shared first place with Kiana Hajiarbabi. Kiana conceded the champion status for the first time in 4 years to Sheena by tiebreaks.

Girls Group

25 Participants including Sheena on the bottom left corner and Kiana next to her sister Shahrzad in the upper right

Chess on Main

Chess on the Main Street

Swedish immigrants founded Lindsborg in 1869. Nowadays the town hosts 3500 residents. Despite the small size, Lindsborg boasts many wonderful artists. One of the coolest art work series is the “Wild Dala Herd”. Dala horse is perhaps Sweden’s most known icon, a bluntly rounded, tail-free horse that is thought to have been first whittled out of wood by the fire during long cold Scandinavian nights. In recent years, Lindsborg adopted the Dala symbol of identity and welcome. Here you’ll see traditional Dala horses on front porches, on coffee mugs and even on the side of police cruisers. Guess what! The Chess School now hosts our own “Good Knight Dala” on the Main Street.


President Ron Rolander and Executive Director Ana James next to “Good Knight Dala”

Timur at Chess Camp

Looking forward to see you at  Karpov Chess School summer camps I will be leading!

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