Sheena Zeng Wins the Kansas State Girls Championship

Photo: Jim Turner

March 17th marked the annual Girls State Championship in Lindsborg, Kansas. The event was hosted by the Karpov School of Chess and included 16 participants from across the state.

Sheena Zeng from Thomas More Prep High School took 1st place with 4/4 and will represent Kansas in the upcoming National Girls Invitational in July.

Veronika Vancsa of Prairie Trail Junior High School and Luna Byington of Wichita North High School took 2nd and 3rd place with 3/4.

After the tournament, GM Timur Gareyev invited the girls to a quick simul (not blindfolded!).

Photo: Jim Turner

Photo: Jim Turner

Lindsborg, the flat and quiet “Little Sweden” of Kansas, is not the first town that comes to mind when one thinks of chess. Indeed, to consider it the past training grounds of a Russian world champion seems even more unthinkable!

Yet, it is known that in 2002, Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov chose to train there for his match against Garry Kasparov (Karpov went on to win that match 2 1/2 out of 4).

Photo: Jim Turner

Lindsborg is mainly known for its Swedish culture and ubiquitous “Dala” horses—Though to local chess lovers, it is known as the home of the Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess and the yearly chess camp taught by blindfold world record holder GM Timur Gareyev.

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