Chess Tournament
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Started by metmike - March 10, 2019, 12:57 p.m.

Our local newspaper, The Evansville Courier and Press, did a wonderful story(pictures) on the chess tournament yesterday:

Spring chess tournament opens young minds to new possibilities

From one of our 8th graders:

"Joseph said he enjoyed the strategy of chess but that the lessons it teaches are not limited to what happens on the board during a game.

“You look at the board, and you try to predict what the other player will do,” he said. “But you have to be able to see all the options.

“I think it helps me in how I look at the world,” Joseph continued. “I want to be able to see all the options I have with what I want to do my life. Playing chess has taught me that it helps to consider many different possibilities.”

By 7475 - March 10, 2019, 1:17 p.m.
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Do you walk away from this thinking there is hope yet for this civilization?

By mcfarmer - March 10, 2019, 1:26 p.m.
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Good deal. Seeing all the options is something that many are unable to do, it takes an open mind.

I imagine teaching sportsmanship is also a benefit. I saw the one photo of the players shaking hands, is that a requirement ? We are all going to be bested at some point, learning that early helps. Some folks just can’t handle it.

Our kids participated in many individual sports, wrestling and track mostly. You can’t hide out there alone, no blaming the other members of the team for a loss. It would seem chess tournaments would be similar.

By silverspiker - March 10, 2019, 6:42 p.m.
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....Please  remember .... young minds are very impressionable ....  

By metmike - March 18, 2019, 4:09 p.m.
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"This 8-Year-Old Chess Champion Will Make You Smile

"(the picture they picked was aweful......made he scares his opponents into resigning (-:

Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who lives with his family in a shelter in New York City, went from chess novice to chess champion in little over a year.CreditChristopher Lee for The New York Times

By metmike - March 18, 2019, 4:12 p.m.
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Here's some better images of him:

Homeless boy wins New York State chess championship: 'I want to be the youngest grandmaster'

Homeless refugee child crowned as New York chess champion

By metmike - March 18, 2019, 4:13 p.m.
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I did some additional chess research on the kid. He really did start competing in rated tournaments a year ago.

Here's his US Chess Federation ratings graph from the tournaments that he's played in. WOW! This kid is really gifted.

USCF Ratings History Graph for 16649696

By mcfarmer - March 18, 2019, 6:45 p.m.
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Good for him.

Let's hope he is able to stay on the right side of life.