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Menlo Park 8-year-old is state champion chess player, plus a whole lot more
Shawnak Shivakumar (left) was taught to play chess by his father, Shiva Shivakumar (center) just before he started first grade, but within months was beating him. Neighbor Ted Syrett (right) has been playing with Shawnak for 18 months.(Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac)

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