The Allen County Public Library hosted the 2017 Indiana Girls Chess Championship on Saturday for 28 girls in kindergarten though high school.Nika Arnold, a ninth-grader from Fort Wayne, is the new state champion. This win qualifies her for the National Girls Tournament of Champions in Norfolk, Va., later this summer, according to a news release. She also won the crown in 2014 and 2015.
Arnold had the only perfect score in the Championship section, winning all four of her games, but she was closely followed by four other girls with 3 points each: Anjali Mirmira (Grade 10, Zionsville); Therese Walatka (Grade 4, South Bend); Katlyn Bonnell (Grade 12, Hammond); and Kaitlyn Evans (Grade 5, Warsaw). The Championship section had 17 participants.
The Primary (K-3) section drew six players. Winning the section with a perfect 5-0 score was Julie Walatka, a kindergarten student from South Bend. Rachel Lee (Grade 3, Terre Haute) followed with four wins.The Novice section drew five players. Three girls – Shruthi Muthiah (Grade 4, Warsaw), Jessica Polovina (Grade 5, Hammond), and McKenna Tuggle (Grade 9, Fort Wayne) each won three games and lost one to share top honors.
–News-Sentinel staff reports