A few weeks ago a small chess tournament was held
in one of the Tucson schools.
No one expected anything extraordinary to occur and
the high school kids were counting on taking home all
Yet, a first grader named Max was determined to get
a trophy too.
Max turned six years old only three months ago and
faced a 3rd grader in his first game. Max won the game.
In the next round, Max played a 2nd grader and grabbed
the full point again.
But in the third round, Max was up against a 10th grader!
The big guy looked at Max as easy prey but after several
opening moves, it was clear this wasn’t going to be a
Max played a long interesting game and put up a lot of
resistance. Though he didn’t win in that round, Max’s
opponent and all the spectators were extremely
impressed and Max rightfully got a trophy.
As a reward and a reminder of his achievement, he got a
really COOL haircut with “checkmate.”
This story was shared with us by Max’s mom, Molly, when she
brought Max to our regular Catalina Foothills Chess Academy
class. Max has attended both, CFCA Summer and
Fall 1 sessions and will start on October 16th (Fall 2 session)
in the Intermediate 2 group.
Next time you bring your children to a chess competition –
look out for the blue Catalina Foothills Chess Academy t-shirts.
Kids who wear them are enjoying the game and improve rapidly.