Kings and Queens
Yesterday, in our Tuesday morning chess club, I saw something I had never seen before in 30 years of playing and teaching chess. One child’s king was put in check (= attacked, for you non-chess folks). Instead of moving her king, she placed her elbow in between her king and the attacking piece, in order to block the attack. “Sweetie, chess is not a physical sport.”
In case you missed it, we had a small chess tournament a few weeks ago, for the students who were a part of the Chess Club at Allendale Elementary School. The students played three rounds, and we gave prizes for the top three places. Pictured above (from left to right) are:
- Darnell Chen, 2nd place, winner of a $10 gift card to Hardee’s.
- Andy Chen, 1st place, winner of a chess set with travel bag, and a $5 gift card to Hardee’s (where else?).
- La’Nease Roberts, 3rd place, winner of a $5 gift card to . . . Hardee’s.
Did the children play perfectly? No. In fact, they still make illegal moves (an elbow!), and they still make silly mistakes (don’t trade that queen for a pawn!). But I am proud of how much they learned in just 7 months of lessons.
I’m proud of all the students who faithfully showed up at 7 AM every Tuesday morning for the school year! I hope they keep playing and keep working hard to get better. When they grow up, they can teach and inspire other children!
You can see more photos from the year on the Elevate Facebook page album: Allendale Chess Club 2013-14.