|BVP Scholars with their trophies!|
By BVP Chess Coach, Stuart Pink.
For the first time, we entered a middle school team and they finished very respectably as 8th in a tough league among outstanding chess players. The team of Liam Carroll, Sophia Lombardi, Will Barden, Jordi Lara, and newcomer Roderick Beaubrun all fought hard games and contributed many points to the team throughout the season.
As our strength in depth increases at the Elementary School level, we had separate Elementary School 1 (ES1) and Elementary School 2 (ES2) teams this year that were very evenly matched. In fact, the individual match between ES1 and ES2 was a 2-2 tie! In the end, ES1 came 3rd in the league and ES2 came 4th in the league, just half a point behind.
|Scholar Vaishnavi |
Vaijaeepay with her trophy!
Chess is a wonderfully inclusive activity that allows players of different ages, genders, and backgrounds to compete on a level playing field. It is exciting to bring scholars from 3 BVP schools together on a regular basis for coaching and chess events. Our tournament in December 2015 had 33 scholars from BVP participate! This year we have also started teaching chess at ES3, so we're looking forward to our BVP chess family continuing to grow.
As in past years, we have again been very fortunate to have parent volunteers (Lori Barden, Lisa Bowie, Melissa Lawson, and Erika Sanzi) who have invested an enormous amount of time and energy into chess at BVP. Our achievements would not have been possible without them.
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