Chess Games at Charlestown Prepare Students for National Tournament

CATONSVILLE, MD -- Monday, March 28, chess competition between 32 Cross Country Elementary/Middle School students, ages 7 -16, and members of Charlestown retirement community's Chess Club will help the students prepare for their April participation in U.S. National Chess Tournament in Indianapolis, IN.

The students’ interests and levels of chess expertise vary. They have traveled as far West as California, where they placed 'second' in the National Chess Tournament. In addition, they have traveled to Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Ohio.

Ronald Lindsay, a Housekeeping Utility Worker at Charlestown, has been the students' assistant coach since 2005 when his sons, now ages 16 and 17, first joined the Cross Country Chess Team. "I simply love the game of chess," said Lindsay. "It is rewarding to watch beginners transcend into competitive players and reach out to teach other new players."

Playing with the members of the Charlestown Chess Club gives the students an opportunity to learn from more seasoned chess players. Every game of chess played serves as an opportunity to learn. Whether through conversation or the art of observation, the students get to learn information that they might have never otherwise known. The games at Charlestown will be held from noon - 3 p.m.

"Charlestown's residents have a wealth of knowledge and interesting stories to share and playing chess with the youth is one way to get their stories told," said Lindsay.

An accompanying luncheon with the students from Cross Country will include attendance by graduates of Cross Country who now attend schools across Baltimore City and Baltimore County. The schools are Polytechnic High School, Western High School, City College, Catonsville High School, and Franklin High School.