Tutors Assist First NHFPL Kids Tournament

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The New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL) and Yale Chess Club organized a children’s chess tournament at the Mitchell Branch of the NHFPL last Saturday afternoon, on February 22, 2014. Despite being the first such tournament, it drew nearly 30 participants. Check out our photos!

The children were grouped into round-robin quads; after three rounds, the winner of each quad took home a trophy, while the rest received medals. It was the first chess tournament ever for over half of the participants, but thanks to the extensive help from our volunteers, the rounds proceeded quickly and smoothly. Special thanks to Yale Chess tutor Lawrence Moy, who ran registration, pairings, and scoring; Yale chess tutor Alex Emmons, who supervised and worked with the children with unmatched skill; and NHFPL staff member John Roberts, who organized the location and logistics, making the tournament possible in the first place!

And additional thanks to everyone else who helped: Yale Chess tutors Eric Banatt, Kareem El-Badry, Ian Gonzalez, Victor Macrinici, and Vance Zuo; Sharon and the Mitchell Library staff; and our other volunteers, high school student Jason Lewis, and young translator Rochelle.