More than 70 Conway students in 6th grade and below participated in the annual Conway Public Schools Chess Tournament.
The tournament is created through the efforts of all elementary Gifted and Talented teachers and chess club coordinators at each of Conway’s four middle schools.
The tourney is comprised of two divisions which include a fifth grade and under and a sixth grade.
This year's tourney featured 56 students in the 5th and Under division and 18 students in the 6th grade division.
The top four students in each division earned a spot on this year's CPS District team which will compete in a Co-op chess tourney on April 6th, 2017 at Arch Ford.
This years winners in the 5th Grade and Under division were James X (Ruth Doyle), Stewart P (CSMS), Zander M (RDMS), and Sam (Vann Elementary). The sixth grade winners were: Bryan C (CSMS), Felix O(Simon), Romeo L (Simon) and Dean L (Ruth Doyle).
The district chess tourney is a showcase event for the Gifted and Talented Program in Conway.
"Chess builds strong critical and logical thinking skills, needed in a child’s developing mind," says Gifted and Talented Teacher Lynn Duran, who oversees the Chess Tournament. "Thinking logically and critically of the outcome or consequences of each move, builds our brains to compete.”
“We have kids in our schools playing chess, who may struggle to read or write basic text, but when placed behind a board can find freedom within their thinking. They excel at thinking critically because chess does not limit them to the conventions or difficulties they may experience through reading or math.”
Fellowship Bible church provided the the location for this year's tournament.
Over the years, the tourney has grown from 32 kids to now more than 74 students.
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