The Brunswick Lower School Chess Team earned an impressive 19th-place finish at the U.S. Chess Trust 2011 National Elementary (K-6) Championship, which was held recently in Dallas. With more than 1,800 kids competing, Brunswick's inaugural team of eight boys (six from first grade and two from fourth grade) defeated bigger and more established teams from all over the country.
Tharin Chadwick, aka "Dr. Chess," is the instructor/coach who works with Brunswick's chess players twice a week throughout the school year. Sunil Weermantry, executive director of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation, oversees the program.
"It's exciting to see the passion with which the Brunswick Lower School boys have embraced chess," said Betsy Korn, mother of Lucas Korn, a team member. "The game teaches them valuable lessons including patience, analytical problem solving, and thinking ahead. Winning a top-20 trophy at Nationals in the boys' first year demonstrates their talent and the terrific future potential of our chess program."
The U.S. Chess Trust was organized to promote, stimulate and encourage the study and play of the game of chess as a means of intellectual development.