Checkmate: Landing & Connolly Face Off on the Board

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Landing and Connolly School third graders who are enrolled in the Academics Plus program at their respective schools recently came together at Connolly for the program’s annual chess tournament, coordinated by Academics Plus teacher Victoria DeLuise.  This year, the Connolly students won the trophy from last year's reigning champions, the Landing students.

Leading up to the tournament, Connolly students played against one another, as did Landing students, with the top chess players qualifying for this inter-school challenge.

Landing Principal Dimitri Kryoneris and Connolly Principal Rosemarie Sekelsky were on hand to congratulate Ms. DeLuise and all of the Connolly and Landing participants for putting together a wonderful tournament. Parents from both schools also attended to cheer for their children, while also providing some refreshments for the event.

Chess has long been regarded as a game that can have beneficial effects on learning and development, especially when it is played from a young age. Some of the most critical benefits that chess can provide to a child, as shown through various studies, include: analytical, synthetic and decision-making skills; confidence; higher-order thinking and analyzing skills; and even patterns leading to advanced math and science and science skills.