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World Champion Vishy Anand with Likeke Aipa and Shari Tapper from the Halekulani

Saturday’s Summer Scholastic Open Division was won by Likeke Aipa, who scored 5.5 out of 6.  Taking down the team division was Hawaii Homeschool.  Eighth grader Jonah Yamato scored a perfect 7/7 to win the novice division.  Well done, all!

Of course, the highlight of the day was World Champion Viswanathan Anand‘s visit at the end of the tournament.  “Vishy” handed out medals and trophies to the winners, signed autographs and even gave a short speech.  Many thanks to the Halekulani Hotel Corporation for sponsoring Vishy’s visit (and to COO Peter Shaindlin for his excellent and inspiring speech as well).

Expect a piece on Vishy’s visit to pop up on chessbase.com within the next week or so.  In the meantime check out the following: