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Brookfield man takes home U.S. Open Chess Championship

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Brookfield man says he’s living proof that if you keep plugging away at something, good things can happen.

Joshua Friedel became the first Wisconsinite in recent history to win the annual U.S. Open Chess Championship in Madison over the weekend.

About a half-dozen other players had higher ratings. Friedel said he overcame the odds by studying numerous tactics and puzzles beforehand.

He has represented Wisconsin in the U.S. Open since he was 9-years-old, starting in 1996. He won a tiebreaker after splitting first-place with two other players.

Friedel lost one game in the tournament to a higher-rated opponent. He says it’s tough to fight back after such defeat.

Over 100 Wisconsin players competed in the national tournament in their home state. About 420 others came from elsewhere to take part.