Fantastic Fall Finishes

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Thursday December 05, 2013

Queen City Chess Club (QC^3) players dominated the field at the Fall Scholastic in Berlin, in early November. The club swept places 1-3 in the k/2 division, led by Emma Xia, and followed by Vishnu Angiris and Liam Slattery, all of South Burlington. They swept places 1-3 in the 3/5 division as well, where Kai Jenkins-Mui won and was followed by Andy Yang and Luke Fitzgerald of South Burlington; Simon Cafiero, South Burlington, finished in fifth place. Michael Cafiero, South Burlington, won the 5/6 division with club players Patrick Herrin and Ryan Anderson close behind in fourth and fifth places, respectively. Ragulan Sivakumar of South Burlington, won the high school division.

Resident Paul Fitzgerald started QC^3 five years ago, in partnership with Healthy Living. The team meets in the cafe and learning center for weekly practices from 8:30-10a.m. on Saturday mornings. The space is ideal for the kids because the blend of art, music, food and chess nourishes the whole child. The club emphasizes growth over winning and offers free lessons and a collaborative learning environment to support kids. The club is free and open to the public. Anyone that is interested in participating can contact Paul at

Paul Fitzgerald is a guest contributor to The Other Paper.