A sixth-grader at Sycamore Trails Elementary School in Bartlett has clinched an elite chess competition.
Marissa Li earned first place in her under 12 age category at the All-Girls National Championships, organized in Northbrook by the Kasparov Chess Foundation and the Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation.
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The win qualified Marissa to represent the United States at the World Youth Championships, but she has decided to continue practicing and try again for the prestigious event next year.
At the state level, Marissa came in fourth place in the Illinois K-8 Championships in Schaumburg.