Students Show Skills at Chess Competition

Students Show Skills at Chess Competition

     Mountain View School District’s 17th Annual Chess Competition featured the District’s talented chess players in fourth through eighth grade putting their mental gaming talents to the test. Representing six of the District’s 12 schools, the young chess strategists gathered at Madrid Middle School for the competition and excitedly showed off their chess playing skills.

     The competition was divided into three levels based on years of experience playing the game. The competition was intense as students calculated their moves, strategized and maneuvered their pieces with the ultimate goal of checkmating their opponents’ King. 

     Several MVSD schools have Chess Clubs which meet regularly providing students the opportunity to learn the game of strategy and logic and perfect their skills.  Research shows that playing chess has great benefits for kids including improving visual memory, attention span and spatial-reasoning ability.  Playing chess also enhances reading and math skills because it requires decoding, thinking, comprehension and analysis and fosters logic, critical thinking and creativity.

     Dr. Jeff Lagozzino, Director of Student Learning Support, thanked the school site chess coaches and competition coordinators for providing such a great event for students.  He also thanked the students for their good sportsmanship and enthusiasm.

   All the competitors received a 2018 Chess Competition Medal and the top five players were awarded with a championship level chess board. 

     Congratulations to all of the chess competitors from Baker, Kranz, La Primaria, Monte Vista, Parkview and Voorhis and to the Chess Champions from Parkview, Voorhis, and Baker Schools.
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