Chess tournament held in honor of Anarae Schunk

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CHAMPLIN, Minn. - Young chess players from all over the metro area came together on Saturday to remember one of the state's most promising chess players, Anarae Schunk.

In late September, Schunk's body was found in a ditch. She was last seen at a Burnsville bar with her ex-boyfriend. He is currently being held in jail on charges related to another shooting death. No one has been charged in Schunk's murder.

A chess tournament was held in her memory at Oxbow Creek Elementary School on Saturday, to honor how much Schunk contributed to young lives in the chess world.

Schunk, 20, was a University of Minnesota student who ranked as the No. 3 female chess player in the state. She inspired young girls to stand out in the male dominated chess world.

"She thought it was good for kids as a skill to take on, and she was very gifted at it. The chess world lost a great promoter of the game," said Ken Shaffer, a family friend of the Schunks, who organized the tournament.

The chess world copes with her death by playing how Schunk did, always beginning anew despite adversity. Shaffer organized the Anarae Schunk Memorial Chess Tournament to fund chess scholarships for young players. Schunk was his daughter Tracy's personal chess coach, taking Tracy from a young player to a national champion.

"I've told her that Anarae has given her a great gift, not to waste it. And something Anarae used to say is 'Never quit, just restart.' Now my daughter has to learn that lesson without her," said Shaffer.

A fund at TCF Bank will contribute to chess scholarships in Anarae's memory.

Also, you can go to and click on "donate."

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