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Friday, November 11, 2011

US Air Force team wins chess open tournament

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Hi everyone,

Here is some chess news from the US Armed Forces. Joint Base Andrews' Airman Kiel Russell has helped the US Air Force team to victory over their sister services.

Senior Airman Kiel Russell, 89th Communications Squadron technician, won the title of top active-duty player in the Air Force at the U.S. Armed Forces Open Chess Tournament Oct. 9-11. He also won the deciding match of the tournament, securing first place for the Air Force chess team.

“It was very stressful. It got to a point where I couldn’t make any mistakes,” said Russell. “You could hear a pin drop in there. There was complete silence.” The stress isn’t new to this Airman; he began playing chess in 2004 as a freshman at Oregon State University. Combining his love of chess and the Air Force came after mentorship from a retired senior NCO Chief Master Sgt. Neil McGillicuddy.
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