It’s game on for close to two hundred students in Grades 1 to 8 who will compete in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board's 40th Annual Chess Tournament at St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Elementary School, 1 Rexford Drive in Hamilton, on Tuesday, March 28th from 4:30-9:00 p.m.
“Each year brings an even higher caliber of play and this year will be no exception,” says Chess Tournament Committee Co-chair Adrienne Coletto. She adds the tournament will follow a round-robin format, with students grouped by grade. The best will move on to the championship round at approximately 6:30 p.m.
Chess crosses all socio-economic boundaries, says Co-chair Adrian DeTullio. Age, gender, background, language and religion do not matter when playing chess; everyone is equal on the chessboard.
“We have brought chess into our schools because we believe it directly contributes to academic performance. As children play chess, they begin to see the importance of thinking ahead, trying to figure out what their opponent might do next and what their alternatives are,” he adds.
“This ability to anticipate outcomes can transfer to their reading comprehension. Students can predict outcomes, and realize that characters in their stories are interconnected, just as they are with their opponent, and the pieces on the chessboard are.”