For nearly the past three months, my son has been a member of his school’s chess club in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. For six months, he contemplated being involved in Chess Club at St. John Neumann School in Lilburn, Georgia, and finally took the plunge in February 2013. The Chess Club at his school includes students who are in 2nd through 8th grades, and has two of the school’s teachers as experienced co-advisors.
The Chess Club at my son’s school typically meets once per week throughout the academic year after school, except for the month of May. Regular meetings and practice in the game of chess has helped my son to develop and polish some of his skills, even as a beginner at the game.
Even as a beginner and only having played and practiced chess for a little over two months, my son tied for fourth place among approximately 50 students who participated in the kindergarten through third grade level at the Archdiocesan’s Chess Tournament, held this year at Berry College Elementary School on April 13, 2013. To me, as a person who knows nothing about chess, this is an impressive accomplishment! Three other students from my son’s school received recognition for placing in the top three spots in their grade levels, as well.
I am happy that my son has an extracurricular activity at school at which he enjoys and excels. Now, I will have to study about and learn how to play chess so my son doesn’t beat me every time! 🙂