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Menlo Park chess champ brings home another trophy

Shawnak Shivakumar places third in Pan American competition

Shawnak Shivakumar, a 10-year-old from Menlo Park, poses with the official U.S. delegation (l-r Aviv Friedman, Shawnak, Andranik Matikozyan, Armen Ambartsoumian, and Konstantin Kavutskiy) after he placed third in his age group in the recent Pan American Youth Chess Championship in Chile. His team came in first. (Photo by Devleena Shivakumar)

Ten-year-old Menlo Park chess champ Shawnak Shivakumar has brought home another trophy -- this time a third-place one from the under-10 age category in the Pan American Youth Chess Championship 2018 in Santiago, Chile, a weeklong tournament that ended on July 29.

Shawnak was one of 650 competitors from North and South America. Shawnak's mom, Devleena Shivakumar, says he competed against chess players from Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, and the United States. He won five games while four others ended in draws, and he had no losses.

Shawnak's third-place finish helped his U.S. team place first in the tournament.

In November, Shawnak is due to travel to Spain for the international World Cadet tournament.

Shawnak and his younger brother Sahil, also a competitive chess player, live in the Willows neighborhood of Menlo Park with their parents, Devleena and Shiva. The brothers attend Laurel School.

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See earlier stories:

Menlo Park 8-year-old is state champion chess player plus a whole lot more

Menlo Park brothers are chess champs

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