Archive for January 3rd, 2003

3rd January
2003

First Published in The New York Sun, January 3, 2003
By Andrew Wolf

Recently, 2,117 students representing 673 school teams gathered in Atlanta, Georgia to take part in the National Scholastic K-12 Grade Chess Championships, sponsored by the U.S. Chess Federation.

The results of the tournament were particularly gratifying for Middle School 118 in the Bronx. Each of the three grades in the school finished “in the money” (teams competed only among others in the same grade). Their sixth grade squad finished first in the nation, the seventh graders finished second, and the eighth grade entrants finished third. That is a remarkable showing from a virtually allminority school located in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

In fact, this was by far the best showing of any New York middle school. And many of the best schools in the city were represented at the tournament. These included the well-regarded schools of District 2 (located for the most part on the east side of Manhattan) such as P.S. 6, P.S. 116, P.S. 124, P.S. 158, P.S. 183, the Manhattan New School, the New York City Lab School, and M.S. 104. The Hunter College Campus School fielded one of the largest teams at the tournament, and many private schools such as Dalton, Horace Mann, Spence, Collegiate, and Ramaz also participated. (more…)