Learning All the Right Moves

Learning All the Right Moves

by Susan Neuhalfen

In a town that’s as sports-oriented as Argyle is, it’s hard to believe the popularity of chess. A big part of that popularity is the Chess Coach, Michael Ball, a counselor at Hilltop Elementary.

Every summer, he holds Kingdom Chess Camp to help kids sharpen their game of chess. Held at Argyle United Methodist Church, Kingdom Chess Camp is in its 7th year with three sessions each summer.

Kingdom Chess Camp is open to anyone entering grades 2-9. They play by the Swiss system, which consists of five rounds of play with no eliminations. Even if a player loses, he or she plays in the next round. Each player earns one point for a win, half a point for a draw and zero points for a loss. The player with the most points at the end of the five rounds is the winner.  

Each session focuses on different parts of the game. The kids work on strategies and tactics such as forks, pins and skewers. They also play variations of games including Bughouse, which is doubles for Chess. All kids attending received a camp t-shirt, chess study guide and a hot lunch.

Here are the top five scorers for the latest Kingdom Chess Camp:
1. Tristan Ball
2. Isaiah Graham
3. Morgan Bradford
4. Elisha Graham
5. Ryan Edwards

Kingdom Chess Camp still has one session left with a few openings from July 17-21. To enroll, email kingdomchesscamp@gmail.com.

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