Julian Chitu, a Montrose Elementary School third-grader, competed in the National Elementary Chess Championships in Dallas, Texas, May 6-8.

Julian Chitu, a Montrose Elementary School third-grader, competed in the National Elementary Chess Championships in Dallas, Texas, May 6-8.

Nearly 1,800 students from 40 states participated in the competition, presented by the United States Chess Federation, according to its web site, the "official, not-for-profit U.S. membership organization for chess players and chess supporters of all ages and strengths, from beginners to Grandmasters."

Chitu was the only representative from Ohio and placed 15th in the K-3 Unrated (novice) division.

"Julian Chitu plays chess here at the Montrose Chess Club," said club adviser and fifth-grade teacher Dean Hoover. "He is an amazing player for his age."

Some 25 students participate regularly in Montrose's Chess Club on Thursday afternoons.