Checkmate: the eagle bet | Manning Live


by Robert Oliver

Chess, the game of kings, queens, castles, bishops, knights and pawns, has made a comeback in society as a whole. This game has been around for centuries. The recent increase in popularity is in part due to the play of current world champion Magnus Carlsen who (as this article is printed) is winning against Ian Nepomniachtchi for the FIDE World Championship in Dubai. As well as in the entertainment world with the original Queen’s Gambit from Netflix. An original series for an adult audience on a young female chess phenomenon. Finally, the rise in popularity is attributed to school districts which encourage and enrich the lives of its students with the formation of chess teams and clubs.

One of these school districts is Clarendon County School District 4. At Dr. Rose H. Wilder Elementary School, the Eagles chess team and club were reformed after their hiatus, with Districts 1 and 3 combining to become “Better Together”. At this school, more than 25 students meet after school every Thursday afternoon to learn, strategize and practice this mental sport. Saturday was the first official tournament that has taken place since the reform of the chess team and club at DRWE. 5 intense chess games from SWISS / 30 were observed by parents and chess enthusiasts watching live in the school’s media center. The tournament was broadcast live on FB at Believers Compass one of the event’s sponsors.

Chess is not about your age, gender, economic status, height, or political affiliation. The only thing that is important in chess is the way you play. The motto of the Eagles chess team and club is “Play Your Position”. The benefits of failures in education and in life for the minds of young and old are countless. Chess helps with concentration, memory, logic, IQ, creativity, patience, self-control, mathematical thinking, problem-solving, delayed gratification, and brain growth, to name a few.

The Harold Ehnhuus Fall Classic chess tournament started at 9:00 am. Nathan Hardy Jr., a 3rd grade student, finished in fifth place. 5th grade student Leila Gardenhire took 4th place. Romera James 5th grader and Caden Caldwell 3rd. Grader tied for 2nd place.

The Champion finishes 1st. instead was 5th grade student Jonah Forrest. Take home the 1st. Place the seat and the prize for a glass chess set. Sasaske Schoen and Michael McFadden also each received Honorable Mentions for their participation in the tournament during the competition.

Mr. Ehnhuss is a retired science teacher from Scott’s Branch High School. Mr. Ehnhuus, while working, took the old team to a tournament against the Governor’s School of Science & Mathematics in Hardeeville and won. He now attends the Eagles chess team and club reunion.

Thanks go to Principal Joaquin Brown for his support of the Eagles chess team and club. To Ms. Marcia Forrest Smart and Ms. Stacy Ann-Gooden Blackwin for their assistance in serving lunch during the tournament. To Mrs. Rosy Oliver, Mrs. Special thanks to the local Clarendon County author and Media Specialist Dr Rose H. Wilder Ms Takelia Hammett and the CFO of PPG Media & Business Publishing for their financial contributions to the event. Thank you to all the parents of the students who watched and watched in the tournament area. Everyone made it a spectacular event.

The challenge has been thrown and the Eagles Chess Team and Club look forward to competing with every other school in District 4 and surrounding areas. Maybe even get the opportunity to attend the K-12 Nationals in Orlando, Florida.


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