Saturday, December 20, 2008

Gotta Love New Yorkers

Who said there's no good news?

New York City school children won several national chess championships down in Florida last week. They came from all over the city too, from schools public and private, including I.S. 318 in Brooklyn, Hunter College Elementary School and P.S. 116 in Manhattan, and the Horace Mann School in the Bronx. They competed in the National Scholastic K-12 Championship sponsored by the United States Chess Federation.

The kids from I.S. 318 won the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade championships, and the kids from Hunter won the 2nd grade championship. It was a really impressive feat by a bunch of young kids -- even more impressive still, considering that a lot of grown-ups, myself included, don't even know how to play chess. These kids' parents must be so proud.

In these hard times, with so little good news out there and creeps like Bernie Madoff dominating the headlines, it's heartwarming to read about a bunch of New Yorkers, in this case the youngest New Yorkers, who we can be proud of. Congratulations guys! May each of you have great futures.


  1. Thanks for the props!
    Elizabeth Vicary (chess coach at IS 318) (

  2. My pleasure! Thanks for noticing my humble little blog.


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