By Daa Anne Mahowald of AV Chess House & Say Yes to Chess
Sixty-four children and 32 community volunteers participated in the Chess Mini-Game© Tournament held on National Chess Day, Saturday, October 12.
The event, held at Palmdale Learning Plaza, featured six tournaments, one for each of the six different kinds of chess pieces.
Before each tournament got underway, the chess piece was introduced and a Chess Mini-Game© was presented which uses that piece. Then the children and volunteers went out and played that Chess Mini-Game© against each other.
This process was repeated for each of the six chess pieces.
Afterwards, an Awards Ceremony featuring Participation Certificates and trophies was held. Then, each participating family received a free, tournament-standard chess set. The chess sets were provided through a grant from the Pollination Project.
The Chess Mini-Game© event, which featured a Parent & Tot section sponsored by Best Start – Palmdale, was sponsored by the AV Chess House and its non-profit arm, Say Yes to Chess.
The event Organizer was Daa Anne Mahowald and the Facilitators were Matt and Daa Mahowald and their 22-year-old daughter Morgan.
- Good Sportspeopleship – Joel Cantila, 4th grader, Cimarron Elementary
- Good Sportspeopleship– Alyssa Dorst, 6th grader. Mariposa Elementary
- B-G Game
- First place – Nyol Jenkin-Juarez, Kindergarten, AV Learning Academy
- Second place – Deja Walton, 5th grader, Buena Vista Elementary
- Bishop Game
- First place – Keith Campbell, 6th grader, Mariposa Elementary
- Second place – Joseph Cantila, 6th grader, Cimarron Elementary
- Pillar Game
- First place – Joshua Cantila, 5th grader, Cimarron Elementary
- Second place – Jacob Campbell, 4th grader, Mariposa Elementary
- Kings Cross
- First place – Xavier Jennings, 8th grader, Shadow Hills Intermediate
- Second place – Jonathan Herrera, 6th grader, Gregg Anderson Academy
- Pawn Game
- First place – Mateo Virgen, 2nd grader, Los Amigos School
- Second place – Susan Benites, 5th grader, Barrel Springs Elementary
- Queen Game
- First place – David Garcia, Jr., 7th grader, Anaverde Hills Anaverde Hills
- Second place – Malik Glaze, 6th grader, Alpine Elementary
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