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PhD student ties for first in state chess tournament

The M.U.M. Review    Translate This Article
6 May 2006

Edi Shivaji, a Ph.D. student in management, secured a three-way tie for first place during a statewide chess tournament held in the Dreier Building last month.

Most of the 14 players competing for the $300 total prize money were among the top-rated players in Iowa with the most qualifying points. Mr. Shivaji won $50 as his share of the first-place prize.

Other class prizes were awarded to first-year student James Agerholm, who earned $15 for a two-way tie for the C prize, and Maharishi School student Noah Caplan, who won the class E prize and $30.

'We were fortunate to be able to host this Iowa State Chess Association qualifying tournament on campus again this year and draw so many of Iowa's brightest chess stars,' said tournament director John Salerno.

Dr. Salerno said that it's unusual for a new U.S. Chess Federation tournament player to do so well. 'Mr. Shivaji's overall performance rating—a high class A with 1,960 points —against these more experienced expert and class A players was remarkable.'

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