chess champion challenge

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Christopher Hoogenboom, a rising sixth grader at Riverview Charter School, battled three students in chess simultaneously on Thursday, June 23 at the Bluffton Library.

These chess exhibitions, known as “Simuls” are common for chess masters, but very rare for young students.  His opponents were Kayla Smith and Caroline Richey of Cross Schools and Lucas Tomita of Hilton Head Preparatory Academy.  All put up a great fight, with Lucas lasting the longest. Christopher is the South Carolina State Chess Champion and recently enjoyed a 19-game winning streak in U.S. Chess tournament games before a loss at the nationals.