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Francis wins annual MLMS chess tournament


Al Stover

Tristan Francis (left) is moments away from moving his pawn during a match against Julien Anderson.

There is a new Medical Lake Middle School chess champion and his name is Tristan Francis.

Francis won the school's annual chess tournament after he defeated Jeffrey Bailey in the championship match. The tournament was held at the middle school on May 11. Due to time constraints, Francis and Bailey had their final match the next day after school.

During their match, Francis tricked Bailey into putting his queen in the way of Francis' bishop.

"From there, I took his pieces out one by one," Francis said. He trapped Bailey's king in the corner for the checkmate.

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