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North Baltimore at epicenter of region's chess tournament circuit
North Baltimore at epicenter of region's chess tournament circuit

Ten-year-old Brendan D'Andrea was understandably nonchalant after winning his first-round chess match at the Maryland Chess Assocition's third annual David W. McDuffie Memorial Scholastic Chess Tournament on March 7. After all, the Mount Washington School fifth-grader had gone undefeated in all five rounds of his previous tournament, sponsored late last year by the association, and his U.S. Chess Federation rating jumped from 332 to 625. "That's very rare," said Christina Heffner, of Hampden, who is Brendan's coach at the public K-8 school and a teacher at Greenspring Montessori School. "He's good, and he's a very teachable player." ...

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