Boise boy invited to represent U.S. in chess

Boise's 9-year-old chess champion, Luke Harmon, is preparing for a trip to a chess tournament in Vietnam.

Harmon is the top-rated player for his age group in the country, according to the United States Chess Federation, a nonprofit organization that governs competitive chess in the United States. He's been playing chess since he was 4, and with both parents involved in the family business of teaching chess, he gets plenty of practice at home.

This year for the first time, Harmon was invited to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. The tournament runs Oct. 19-30 in the southern beach city of Vung Tau, and is expected to attract more than 1,500 competitors from 100 countries.

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