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Buffalo Bob Best in the Nation!

I just received this email from Bob Shao's father. Bob is the former two time Buffalo Scholastic Player of the Year. He just won the 9th Grade section at the USA Nationals in Florida. Way to go Bob!
Dear Dr. Mieth, Long time no see, hope all are going well with you. Over this summer, Bob Shao and the rest of my family have moved from Buffalo to Houston. Bob has done well in his high school as a freshman, and continued to play chess. To share with you the latest chess news about him: Last month, he has won the Texas State 9th grade championship; Over this past weekend in Orlando, Florida, he just became the 2008 9th grade National Champion as a clear first place winner. Above is a bit blurred photo taken yesterday during the award ceremony. The following is the link for the final standing of 2008 Natinoal K-12 Grade Championships: He has always appreciated his chess root stated from Buffalo area, and the fact of his first tournament in 2007 Free April organized by you. He still constantly checks the Buffalo/Niagara chess corner and pays attention to the news over there, and especially feels closely connected with many players he has competed and be friended with. Best wishes for the succes of coming 2008 JWM tournament, and happy Christmas! Sincerely, Sam Shao


  1. Congratulations, Bob. Visit us when you become a master. Let me guess: Before the end of the next year. What about 2009 Jeff White Memorial, if good chessdoctor still continues to put up with us. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  2. Congratulations Bob. Your success is a motivation to many others including me.

    Have a wonderful holiday.

  3. Thank you for your kind words. Good luck to everyone in the upcoming JWM on Saturday, December 20th. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  4. Thanks. I added that to the School Grade story for Empire Chess.

    Bob's win was the only one by a "Texan" this year. New York won seven (!) team sections.