Midcoast lens: Cheering for chess

By Sarah E. Reynolds | Jan 24, 2014
Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds Fifth-graders Kevin Bergelin, left, and Abigail Hammond enjoy a game at the first meeting of Lincolnville Central School's Chess Club Thursday, Jan. 23.

Lincolnville — More than a dozen students attended the first meeting of the Lincolnville Central School Chess Club Thursday, Jan. 23.

Participants ranged from second- through fifth-grade, from absolute beginners to experienced players. Principal Paul Russo said students had been coming to the library before school started in the morning to play, so parent volunteer Ron Hise offered to start the club and coach players.

Russo said last year's eighth-grade class donated a dozen boards and chess sets to the school. He said even the younger elementary school students could develop the ability to think ahead that is at the heart of chess. He hopes the club can have a tournament by the end of the year.

Third-grader Liliana Palise-Simmons said, “I thought it would be cool,” to learn to play chess, and fifth-grader Kevin Bergelin volunteered that he had a Red Sox vs. Yankees chess set, and has beaten his dad.

Mikayla Talbot, who is in second-grade, had perhaps the best reason for joining the club. “I'm a big fan of chess,” she said.

Avery Laite, left, and Aiden Aselton, both in third grade, face off across the chess board. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Fourth-grader John Pessara, left, gets some chess advice from Lincolnville Central School Principal Paul Russo at the first meeting of the Chess Club Thursday, Jan. 23. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Club adviser and parent volunteer Ron Hise, right, checks in with players at the first meeting of Lincolnville Central School's Chess Club. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Third-grader Liliana Palise-Simmons, left, and second-grader Mikayla Talbot learn to play chess at Lincolnville Central School's newly organized Chess Club Thursday, Jan. 23. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
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Sarah E. Reynolds is copy editor for the Courier Gazette and Camden Herald.
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Sarah E. Reynolds has been a reporter and writer for more than 20 years, winning awards from the Maine Press Association and other professional organizations. She loves to read, ride her ATV and play word games.

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