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February 21, 2002
Contact: Eric Abrahamson, tournament organizer, 484- 3820
Steve Buchholz, Public Information Manager, 394- 6082
Sioux Falls Seventh- grader Takes On Tech Professors
Seventh- grader Isaac Gerdes thrives on competition. Baseball in the spring. Football in the fall. Chess all year round. Last fall, the Sioux Falls home- schooler brought every ounce of his competitive zeal to the board when he won five of six chess matches and finished third among seventh- graders at a National Chess Championship held in Dallas.
On Friday, March 8, Isaac will demonstrate his skills in Rapid City when he takes on several South Dakota School of Mines and Technology professors in a simultaneous match. The challenge takes place at 6 p. m. at Borders Books & Music in Rapid City. The event will occur the day before the South Dakota Scholastic Chess Championships, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, at the School of Mines.
The 13- year- old Isaac has played competitive chess for the past four years. He has earned three state titles, and in 2001, finished third in the high school section as a sixth- grader. He also owns three Sioux Falls city scholastic titles.
Isaac and his Sioux Falls Home School teammates recently finished second in the nation during the K- 12 National Tournament held in Dallas, Texas. Isaac won five out of six games there to finish tied for third in the nation among seventh- graders.
Chess is only one of Isaac's interests. In addition to baseball and football, he skis, skates, plays golf and swims. He promotes chess by guiding sessions in schools and chess clubs.
For information about the event, call Eric Abrahamson at 605/ 484- 3820.
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