A few years ago, several teachers at P.S. 160 in Borough Park decided that they wanted to put together a chess club. It was small at first while they taught elementary school kids the basics of chess and some simple strategies.
Then, three years ago, George Lauro got Chess-in-the-Schools involved, and everything changed.
“They opened our eyes to the bigger game and the benefits of the game that the kids can get,” Lauro explained. “It’s amazing too because of the amount they learn as third-graders. It’s a lesson in humility for us because it’s not long before an 8-year-old destroys you.”
Chess-in-the-Schools is a non-profit program that teaches inner-city public school students how to play chess in the classrooms and, for some kids, it guides them all the way to college.
“They join our club, they go to summer camps, and they come to our tournaments every single week” explained Chess-in-the-Schools’ Shaun Smith. “Once we start a program at a school, three or four years later we’ll have taught the entire school how to play chess.
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