A record 200-plus students, ranging from kindergarteners to high schoolers, participated in the Cherry Creek Schools Chess Tournament, a five round, non-elimination tournament, held March 2 at Overland High School.
Congratulations to these chess champions:
Kindergarten - Caitlyn Chin, Challenge School
First Grade - Neil Bhavikatti, Greenwood Elementary
Second Grade - Shrihari Asokan, Fox Hollow Elementary
Third Grade - Mukund Gurumurthi, Willow Creek Elementary
Fourth Grade - Arjun Batra, Challenge School
Fifth Grade - (tie) Siddarth Ijju, Challenge School and Niko Ioannides, Creekside Elementary
Middle School - Daniel Ruvins, Cherry Creek Academy
High School - David Kowal, Cherry Creek High School
Todd Bardwick, a chess master, instructor and author, who coordinates the tournament, says the game of chess helps students develop many important cognitive skills, including concentration, pattern recognition, decision making, algebraic and geometric thinking, problem-solving and spatial reasoning, which support academic achievement.
“Educators and parents have discovered that chess is a wonderful way to teach young children mathematical concepts and important thinking skills that they can use their entire life,” said Bardwick. “Chess also has connections to language arts standards such as reading, writing and oral presentation; social studies and geography skills including longitude, latitude and mapping; and science standards such as graphing and critical thinking.”
The Cherry Creek Schools Chess Tournament is sponsored by the district’s Gifted and Talented Programming Department, which also sponsors the Cherry Creek Schools Spelling Bee and Destination Imagination program. Students who would like to learn more about chess can visit www.coloradomasterchess.com.
Posted March 14, 2013.