Menlo Park: Laurel third-grader is state chess champ

Eight-year-old Shawnak Shivakumar won state tournament Dec. 4

Shawnak Shivakumar, an 8-year-old third grader at Laurel School Upper Campus in Menlo Park, is the new third-grade California state champion chess player.

Shawnak won a CalChess (part of the United States Chess Federation) tournament at the Alameda County Fairgrounds on Dec. 4.

Shawnak has been playing chess only since the summer of 2014 and participated in his first tournament a year later. He is one of the top 15 eight-year-olds nationally.

He lives in Menlo Park with his parents, Shiva and Devleena Shivakumar.

Barbara Wood


6 people like this
Posted by Amit
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Dec 6, 2016 at 4:54 pm

Congratulations Shawnak for making us and the entire city of MP proud. Proud moment for parents Shiva and Devleena who have been investing a lot of time and energy to provide Shawnak every support to be successful!

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Dec 9, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Shawnak - congratulations! What a fun honor it must be. I hope to read of your future chess wins.

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