Checkmate - Youth hone chess skills in tournaments

Wade Young,

Students from Montgomery, Le Center, Lonsdale and areas are honing their chess skills thanks to an offering through TCU Community Education. A tournament is held every spring. (Submitted photo)

Pawns, rooks, knights, bishops … area youth are making their moves by learning and honing their skills in the game of chess.

Special Education Teacher Collin Scott (TCU Montgomery) started offering chess tournaments three years ago as a way for kids to get involved in an activity. The events usually average between 15 and 20 youth.

“The chess tournament was started to give those students in the surrounding area who didn’t play on an organized sports team or who loved to play competitive chess but had no outlet,” he said.

Scott is no stranger to the game.

“I learned to play in the military and fell in love with the game and have played on and off for the last 24 years,” he stated.

This spring, Scott organized the fourth annual TCU Chess Tournament at the Le Center American Legion. There were 13 participants from Le Center, Lonsdale, Montgomery, and the surrounding communities.

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To see more on this story pickup the September 2, 2021 print edition of the Montgomery Messenger.


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