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HWCDSB hosts 42nd Annual Chess Tournament

Event Date: Apr 25, 2019

Chess may have originated in the 6th century A.D., but the game never gets old.

On Thursday, April 25, 2019 an estimated 187 students, Grades 1 to 8, will put their chess skills to the test at the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board’s 42nd Annual Chess Tournament at St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Elementary School, 1 Rexford Drive, Hamilton from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.

“It’s incredible to see students, some as young as six, demonstrate such a high caliber of play,” says Chess Tournament Committee Co-chair Jenna Frank. “The students really enjoy the competition from other schools.”

The first round will follow a round-robin format with the winning player from each group moving on to the single-elimination playoff rounds at 6:00 p.m.

“Anyone who thinks chess is not competitive hasn’t watched a group of students play chess before,” says Frank. “Some games are intense. The stamina alone that is required to sustain such a high level of concentration and such careful strategic planning after hours of play is commendable.”

While the number one reason for children to play chess is for the sheer fun of the game, Co-chair Adrian De Tullio adds that “chess also helps students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, all while developing important social skills.”

Thirty-three schools are entered in this year’s event. Most have in-house chess clubs and hold playoffs to determine which student will represent the grade and school. Schools are invited to send one student per grade and students may play at a grade above their level, if they choose.

Photo: Gord Bowes, Hamilton Mountain News.
Photo: Gord Bowes, Hamilton Mountain News.