Onondaga Co. students put their chess skills to the test
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — 115 students put their chess skills into action as they proved they’re not just pawns in a game during the All-County Chess Championship at the Southside Academy in Syracuse.
The students challenged each other by putting their strategies to the test in the annual chess tournament.
“I try to get all my pieces on the board so I can control the board. I have a formal strategy that I try to pull out a lot,” said Anthony Bottary, a fifth-grader.
In preperation for the event coaches teach the kids some of those strategies and how to anticipate their opponent’s next move. They say the patience and focus that’s developed from the game crosses over into the classroom.
“They faces challenges in chess that they do in real life or any class they take and it’s just about overcoming the obstacles,” said Bobby Kunnath, a coach and teacher.
Medals and trophies were awarded to teams and individual players with the highest scores.