Boxes and boxes of chess sets were delivered to PS 10 in Park Slope.
“I love analytical thinking,” said fifth grader Mahima Palegja. “It gives me patience with strategic strategies, I love all of that.”
Palegja is on the chess team that has brought home many victories.
“It feels like a triumph,” said third grader Joella Skillman. “I usually win tournaments so I feel like I’m helping my team.”
In addition, they learn to be athletic with every movement.
“When you complain in chess, there is often no way to complain,” Skillman said.
Ian West runs the school’s chess program and sits on the board of The Gift of Chess, the nonprofit that gives away these sets and free access to a chess training app. The hope is to create connections.
“To get 10,000 kids across town to play chess both virtually and physically,” West said. “I can’t help but have the feeling that this has to be good for everyone.”
A total of 10,000 sets will be distributed to 14 public and charter schools in New York City. 838 were reserved for PS 10.
Director Laura Scott says playing and having her own set was invaluable as a kid.
“My father said it taught critical thinking in strategic planning, and he was absolutely right,” said Scott.
The students seem to be already learning the lessons.
“It really challenges my mind and brain, and I think it’s really fun,” said third grader Ruthie Rabinowitz.
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