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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Another school encourages chess

Kepnock State High School chess club members pit their brains and strategy against each other using the school’s new giant chess set.

Hi Everybody,

It's always nice to know when a school - no matter how small - introduces chess. Therefore, it was great to read this news tucked away on a website. And, we thought it would be nice to share it.

Kepnock State High School, USA, has created a new outdoor recreation area with a giant chess set. Wow.

Principal Jenny Maier said it was great to revamp the unused area into a refurbished storage area for the chess pieces and other outdoor equipment.

“Chess is one of those games that's been around for years but continues to enjoy a strong following by people of all ages and walks of life,” she said.

She said the valued school addition would also hold life skills for students.

“We live in a fast-moving world where we have a propensity to act quickly, sometimes without giving sufficient thought to the potential consequences of an action,” she said.

“Chess is a game of strategy that challenges players to think deeply and carefully before making a move.

“The parallel with real life is clear.”

She said the outdoor area was a fun way for students to develop their thinking skills.

“Since lunch time games began a few weeks ago, students and staff have shown keen interest; attendance at chess club has grown steadily,” she said.

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  • At September 11, 2010 at 1:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    On October 9, 2010, JESA campus will host its first scholastic chess tournament on U.S. National Chess Day: the Scott Watson Memorial Chess Tournament. JESA Chess is prepared to host a turnout of approximately 50 to 150 chess children and teenagers that day. Some of the individuals and teams will arrive from districts outside of our own Irving ISD.

    Any K-12 student from within our district may register for the full day Saturday event held at JESA campus by directing a payment of cash or by check to me, made payable to Irving ISD with “JESA Chess fund #822” written in the memo section. $15 is the registration cost for chess players who wish to compete as a rated player or pay the amount of $10 for those who wish to compete as a non-rated player. You may also wish to register by making payment on the day of the tournament with me by no later than 8A.M. A late fee of $10 will be incurred to make payment the day of the tournament. I have included a Scott Watson Memorial Chess Tournament flyer in the “language” of chess tournaments with details regarding how student chess players are to be sectioned at the tournament, along with some important information about the awards that are eligible to individuals and chess teams during the awards presentation. If you have any questions, please ask me.

    A Woman International Master (WIM) chess player will be among our special guests that day, along with her Denton High School Chess Club/Team. Our memorial chess tournament is now advertised nationally in the scholastic chess community member magazine, Chess Life. There are approximately 100, 000 student chess players in the United States Chess Federation (USCF) to date. The Irving ISD District Weekly will also have information on the student event, in the weeks to come. Special guests may also include one or more members of the #1 collegiate University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Chess Team. Also, the Watson/Bauer family has generously provided a scholarship of $500, to be awarded to one Singley Academy high school student and one chess winner from a school other than JESA.

    JESA Chess remains an active student club at Singley Academy that boasted approximately twenty-two members last school year. JESA Chess also includes a high school chess team, comprised of the club’s officers. The team received numerous trophies and awards last school year, including 1st place at the St. Vincent’s Episcopal Spring Tournament and 1st place in the Math competition of the Texas Tech T-STEM Center South Plains Math and Science Competition in Lubbock, Texas. JESA Chess meets each Thursday in Room 309-B between 2:45 and 4:45P.M.


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