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Photos by Michele Newbanks Dallas Bolen, 15, moves a piece during a match with Henry Corcoran, 12, at the Chess Club meeting Wednesday at Veritas Academy.

The Veritas Academy chess club in Marietta is looking for other chess clubs for a possible tournament.

Club leader Lynn Stoll, a teacher’s aide at the school, said if anyone from a local school or community wanted to start a club, she was ready to help.

“We have a great kids program that I’m ready to share,” she says.

The club meets on Wednesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Students learn strategies and play with each other.

Stoll said between 20 and 25 students attend each week. On Wednesday, the club learned of deadlocks.

Students are excited to learn, and Stoll said it can help those who have trouble concentrating. She said that when she sees a club member in class who is not concentrating, she reminds them of chess moves and strategies to redirect their focus.

The students were eager to give their opinion on the club and to encourage those who would like to start a club.

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Mills Stull, 10 years old, CM2

“At my grandfather’s, we had a chessboard. I played for about three years. I heard about the chess club here and signed up. I love chess.

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Martin Tahbaz, 8, third grade

“My brother started playing and I thought it looked pretty fancy, like it wasn’t real life. I was interested in trying to play so I watched some tutorials. I I played for about six months I played against my brother but I lost.

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Hadley Smith, 8, third grade

“I didn’t come just to play chess, but to have fun. Miss Lynn is a good teacher. I was really scared to come and didn’t know if I would like it, but I do. I heard Miss Lynn was in the chess club, that’s why I’m trying. I learn a lot. The knight can only go in the “L” direction and the king can go in any direction. If he is in danger, the queen must go and help him.

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Joel Brown, 10, fifth grade

“I’ve played before and thought it was fun. I like strategy games and wanted to learn how to play them correctly. I’ve only been playing here for a few weeks so far.

Michele Newbanks can be contacted at [email protected]

In one look :

¯ Veritas Academy Chess Club is looking for other schools to play.

¯ The club welcomes students from kindergarten to grade 10.

¯ It meets every Wednesday at the school from 3 to 4.30 p.m.

Source: Lynn Stoll.



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