Chess tournaments are competitive, but they can also be a lot of fun! With NYChessKids, the benefits of chess tournaments are for children and parents. While the game requires a lot of skill, the challenges offer new learning opportunities for children like Nathaniel.
For Nathaniel, who is a five-year-old kindergartener at Dalton, chess tournaments were another addition to his interests in math and sports. As a very competitive student, Nathaniel was prepared to become a very good chess player. His first tournament took place at P.S. 77 Lower Lab School, where he won his first match!
Since then, his parents have enjoyed watching Nathaniel grow and develop his ability to think and improve his strategy skills. Learning to play chess has also helped him practice good sportsmanship, which has been interesting and rewarding.
Learning how to play chess can also result in a great family-oriented experience as well, for both children and parents. Chess tournaments can be a really great family activity and it has become really important to Nathaniel who has always loved mathematics, sports and has played Suzuki violin for the past two years.
Now, he practices chess daily and he loves to focus, concentrate on the game and of course, win! Chess has provided a really fun, challenging game and experience for him. It's something that he will be able to play and take with him wherever he goes throughout life.
For Nathaniel, it's fun to think and he likes the strategy. Although Nate is new to the chess world, he and his parents have been welcomed and are enjoying all the friendships and challenges that have come in the past years. Nathaniel has been able to play with his father and his grandfather, making the overall experience a memorable one.
NYChessKids will be hosting a chess tournament on Sunday, May 20 at P.S. 77 Lower Lab School. This will be a great opportunity for children to enjoy the game and build positive experiences with their family and friends.
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