Western Mass Scholastic Chess League | Connecting Point | Jan. 22, 2019

Western Mass Scholastic Chess League | Connecting Point | Jan. 22, 2019


>>THE GAME OF COMPETITIVE CHESS
IS MAKING ITS WAY BACK INTO THE PIONEER VALLEY SCHOOL SYSTEM AND
IF COACHES JOSE LENOREZ AND MICHAEL WINSTON HAVE THEIR WAY,
IT WILL MOVE LIKE A WAVE ACROSS THE WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS. CONNECTING POINTS BRIAN SULLIVAN
THE VISITED AS FIFTH AND SIXTH
GRADERS PUT IT TO THE TEST.>>FIFTH AND SIX GRADEST SETTING
UP CHESS BOARDS AFTER-SCHOOL HOURS AND ENJOYING IT. NO IT’S NOT A MIRAGE. THEIR DREAMS OF REVITALIZING
THIS TO TAKE SHIP. WE DROPPED IN WITH KIDS IN THE
TEN TO 12 AGE RANGE AND THE DOORING SCHOOL.>>ONE OF THE GOALS IS TO TEACH
THE IMPORTANCE OF THINGS LIKE LOGIC, PATIENCE, PROBLEM-SOLVING
AND CRITICAL THINKING AND THESE ARE ATTRIBUTES THEY HOPE THEY
WILL APPLY INTO AND IN THROUGH ADULTHOOD.>>Mr. JOE LENARO STARTING
LEARNING THIS AT THE RIPE OLD AGE OF FOUR FROM HIS PARENTS WHO
WERE AVID CHESS PLAYERS THEMSELVES. SO TO HIM THERE IS NO AGE LIMIT. HERE AT THE POWDERMILL SCHOOL IT
WAS THE FIRST MEET-UP IN A MONTH DUE TO OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES SO HE
OPENED UP WITH A REWARD-BASED QUESTION AND ANSWER.>>SO I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT
WHAT I HAD COVERED IN THE PRIOR WEEKS HAD STAYED IN THEIR MINDS. AND AS YOU SAW, IT DID. I OFFERED THEIR REWARD JUST TO
GET SOMEONE TO BREAK THE ICE. AS YOU NOTICED, THE ICE WAS
BROKEN PRET PRETTY QUICKLY.>>WHILE CHESS IS A GAME, IT’S A
STRATEGIC ENDEAVOR. SO MOST BEGIN WITH A LESSON ON
DIFFERENT TACTICS THE STUDENTS CAN PRACTICALLY APPLY IN A
GAME-TYPESETTING.>>YOU HAVE TO KNOW HOW YOU’RE
GOING TO END UP IN A PARTICULAR POSITION, SO YOU HAVE TO PLAN. THE ABILITY TO PLAN IS PART OF
CHESS AND YOU HAVE TO SHOW THEM THE END RESULT AND WALK YOUR WAY
BACKWARD TO WHERE YOU WERE AND SHOW THEM HOW TO GET, IN THIS
CASE, A CHECKMATE.>>THE SESSIONS OVERALL RUN 45
MINUTES, SO ONCE THE STRATEGIC IS OVER, THEY CAN TO GET. THEY NOT ONLY LIVE UP TO THEIR
TITLES AS COACH BY BOUNCING FROM ABLE TO TABLE, THEY SERVICE
OPPOSITION PROVING AGE DOESN’T MATTER IF THE BASIC TEN TENETE
NEED. THERE WERE A FEW THAT DIDN’T
MAKE IT. AS NICE IT AS IT MAY BE TO HAVE
A ROBUST TURN-OUT, IT’S NOT ALWAYS THE DEFINING BENCHMARK OF
A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM.>>A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM IS
BRINGING IN KID WHO MAYBE DON’T HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO
PARTICIPATE IN THEIR SCHOOL. MY PROGRAM AT SPRINGFIELD
RENAISSANCE BRING IN KIDS WHO MAYBE DON’T FIT IN AND THEY FIND
A HOME IN MY CHESS CLUB AND REALLY BLOSSOM SOCIALLY AND
LEARN AND BECOME SOCIAL.>>WITH SEVERAL AREA MIDDLE
SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL SIGNED ON TO THE PROGRAM, IT APPEARS THAT
JOANNE MONTH JOE AND MIKA PLANS ARE BEGINNING
TO BEAR FRUIT BUT THERE’S STILL PLENTY OF ROOM FOR GROWTH BUT
IT’S MORE THAN JUST A FEW SCHOOLS MEETING UP AND PLAYING
CHESS.>>IDEALLY, I WOULD LIKE TEN TO
15 TEAMS FROM SCHOOLS UP AND DOWN THE VALLEY. WE HAVE FROM HAMPSHIRE REGIONAL
TO AGWAM, SO A NICE BROAD RANGE, URBAN AND RURAL AND SUBURBAN AND
PRO PRIVATE SCHOOLS. I WOULD LIKE A VENUE WHERE
STUDENTS FROM ALL AROUND THE VALLEY CAN MEET IN A SOCIAL
SETTING AND COMPETE, AS WELL.

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