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Chess wiz puts marty in check

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, left, honored Midwood resident Aleksandr Ostrovskiy, a sixth-grader at IS 234, 1875 East 17th Street, who was crowned national chess champion after out-maneuvering more than 2,000 students at a tournament in Pittsburgh.

The Russian-born Ostrovskiy, 12, is no stranger to competition. He has represented the United States in the Pan-American Games in Ecuador, and was awarded the silver medal at the North American Youth Chess Championship.

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