Hillsboro girl headed to national chess tournament

Kayla Gunn competes against her opponent at a recent chess tournament at Canton-Galva. She has played chess her entire school career. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press
Kayla Gunn competes against her opponent at a recent chess tournament at Canton-Galva. She has played chess her entire school career. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press
Hillsboro High School Senior Kayla Gunn, long time member of the Hillsboro Chess Guild, has qualified to participate in the All-Girl’s National Women’s Chess Tournament in Chicago on May 25.

“I have been rated one of the top ten female chess players in the country,” said Gunn.

She is the only girl that has been an active Hillsboro chess team member beginning in elementary through high school.

“Honestly, to me, just another fun thing to do in my free time, and I never expected to end up so successful in my hobby,” Gunn said.

Hillsboro chess team sponsors Marilyn Bartel, Leah Rose, and Janet Whisenhunt along with elementary chess club coach, Del Gray, have been influential in Kayla learning and competing in the Kansas Scholastic Chess Association sanctioned school tournaments over the years.