Two of St. Paul's third graders placed in the top five at the U.S. Chess Federation National Championships held at the Opryland Hotel last weekend.
In a division of 328 players from 30 states, Claiborne finished 3rd and Elias finished 4th. Each of them played seven grueling matches, and each won six of those matches and drew one.
St. Paul Christian Academy partners with the Nashville Chess Center to provide an after-school chess program for students in first through sixth grades.