Thursday, July 12, 2012

BBC: How to raise a chess champion

With age comes wisdom, the saying goes, but at an elementary school in New York's Chinatown the children are wise beyond their years when it comes to playing chess.

In 2011, Public School 124 took its students to compete in the second highest category at a national high school chess competition - and won.

The pupils at the school, where kids are aged six to 11, are predominantly Asian American and come from the surrounding middle- to lower-income neighbourhood.

Chess is a source of pride for a community whose first language is not English. Parents say learning the game helps with concentration and thinking strategically.
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