Gone are the times when chess was considered to be played by boring people or geeks as it is now known to be an imaginative and strategic game. People find playing chess relaxing and it also helps them to think analytically. It improves the focus and concentration in one’s mind. Chess players are found to have great concentration levels as they forget about the world when a game gets started. As different strategies and moves are found to be observed during a game of chess, people playing it are known to be more aware and are better in analysis. A chess game requires a great level of patience and this makes a person become more interactive around the environment.
This year’s chess team at Walker High School had an accomplishing, yet challenging year. As member numbers dropped, of course the remaining four members had to, as the old adage says, “step up to the plate”. The team attended two away tournaments to Bumpus Middle School in Hoover, Al and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. From these tournaments, the team brought home four championship trophies, two from Maddox, and two from T.R. Simmons Elementary School. Each member learned to play Bughouse Chess and Plunder Chess. Next year, John McGraw, who is the schools chess coach, hopes to introduce two new chess games he is in the process of creating.
Have you ever wondered how much it costs to play chess and if it’s worth it? Jasper City Schools Chess Program is easily one of the most economical programs in the state of Alabama. The total cost per student is $80.00. Also, each returning student receives a digital chess clock valued at $30.00.
So exactly what did each chess student receive this year?
- An average of 32 hours supervised practice and instruction
- An average of 44 hours in six Saturday tournaments
- Introduction to pre-algebra skills though algebraic chess notation
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Better grades (Most chess students are on the A and A/B Honor Roll)
The chess team is looking for new members for next school year! If you’re interested in joining, see John McGraw!