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January 30, 2002
The student: Matthew Jolles, 10 School: Waverly Elementary School Special achievement: Won first place in the Susquehanna Scholastic Chess Tournament in the K-5 division by winning all five of his matches. The tournament was held in Havre de Grace in November. He is a member of Waverly's 42-member chess club. How did he learn to play? "My dad taught me and then I entered the UMBC Chess Club." He went on to take lessons from the UMBC team's top players and was soon able to teach his 5-year-old brother the game.
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Sun | March 30, 2008
Ofek Cohen leaves a lasting impression on people. A junior at Bel Air High School, the 16-year-old has a 3.8 grade point average and was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. After graduation, he wants to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Although he excels academically, he does it from an electric wheelchair, with the assistance of an entourage of caregivers and teachers. "I'm not able to do much on my own," Ofek said with a shrug. "I'm very weak. I can't walk or write or pick things up. I need help doing everything."
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By Mark Bomster and Mark Bomster,Evening Sun Staff | May 16, 1991
In a classroom at Hampden Elementary School in Baltimore, dozens of children sit hunched over chessboards, locked in intellectual battle.You can almost hear the young minds at work.A girl in a plaid uniform rests chin on hand as she studies the array of chess pieces on the board before her.A boy in shorts and T-shirt twists himself into a pretzel, eyes at table level, as he ponders his opponent's position.In an alcove at the back of the classroom, Robert Erkes, a chess master, gives a rapt group of onlookers the chance to solve chess puzzles.
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By SAM BRAIDS | December 16, 2005
The recent crackdown on local poker tournaments makes me wonder why the vice squad has not gone after the organizers of local chess tournaments. As in a poker tournament, each participant in a chess tournament must pay an entry fee on registration. The money collected is used to pay for the cost of the event, its organizers and to form a prize award for the winners. The stock response to my seemingly absurd question is that poker is gambling because it involves luck while chess is not because it depends on skill.
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF | April 6, 2002
One week after the University of Maryland Terrapins brought the national basketball championship home to College Park, another Maryland university will be contending for a national title in the Final Four. However, where the Terps won with brawn, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers rely on brains. This is, after all, the Final Four of chess. "College chess is like Revenge of the Nerds for sports," said Alan T. Sherman, faculty adviser for the UMBC chess team and an associate professor of computer science.
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF | December 30, 2001
In college chess circles, they have become the team to beat. The University of Maryland Baltimore County yesterday capped three days of competition by winning the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship in Providence, R.I. This is the fifth time in six years the team has won the championship, sharing it yesterday in a tie with the University of Texas at Dallas for the second consecutive year. The competition is the largest and most prestigious college chess tournament in the Western Hemisphere, said UMBC spokesman Charlie Melichar.
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April 24, 2005
Council of Elders' chess tournament to be held May 7 The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County, in partnership with the Black Student Achievement Program and Howard Community College, will hold its fifth chess tournament May 7 at the college. The tournament will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to students in grades one through 12. The registration deadline is Saturday. There is no registration fee, but students must have parent/guardian approval to participate.
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By SAM BRAIDS | December 16, 2005
The recent crackdown on local poker tournaments makes me wonder why the vice squad has not gone after the organizers of local chess tournaments. As in a poker tournament, each participant in a chess tournament must pay an entry fee on registration. The money collected is used to pay for the cost of the event, its organizers and to form a prize award for the winners. The stock response to my seemingly absurd question is that poker is gambling because it involves luck while chess is not because it depends on skill.
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By Laura Shovan and Laura Shovan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 11, 2002
"Ladies and gentlemen, this is what a champion chess player looks like," the announcer said as Kurt Naiker, a burly 14-year- old in a football jersey, was introduced with other high school champions at a chess tournament at Long Reach High School. He may not fit the highbrow image of a chess player, but Kurt exemplifies how the game can help children improve in school. Saturday's tournament was co-sponsored by the Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) and the Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Film Critic | January 23, 1993
"Knight Moves" does for chess what "Wind" did for sailing: nothing.A hysterically overwrought sex-crime thriller set at a chess tournament, it's so busy reminding people it's an actual movie that it all but forgets to tell its story. In fact, it's so hyperactive I suspect that the director, Carl Schenkel, about whom I know nothing, went to film school twice.It begins in a black and white past, where a child prodigy is whacking the bejabbers out of a regular child over a chess game. Except the regular child isn't so regular; when he loses in seven moves, he jumps across the board and begins to stab the chess boy in the throat with a fountain pen. When he goes home, the "regular" boy finds his dad has left and that his mom is lying in a blood-soaked bed, having slashed her wrists.
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April 24, 2005
Council of Elders' chess tournament to be held May 7 The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County, in partnership with the Black Student Achievement Program and Howard Community College, will hold its fifth chess tournament May 7 at the college. The tournament will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to students in grades one through 12. The registration deadline is Saturday. There is no registration fee, but students must have parent/guardian approval to participate.
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December 20, 2002
Several southern Howard County residents were among the winners at a chess tournament sponsored by the Black Student Achievement Program and the Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County on Dec. 7 at Long Reach High School. In the elementary school division, James Duffy, a fifth-grader at St. Mary's School in North Laurel, took first place in his section of the division. Justen Figueroa, a fourth-grader at Guilford Elementary School, took second place, and Joshua Montgomery, also a fourth-grader at Guilford, tied for fourth place with Tanner Shields of Running Brook Elementary School.
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By Laura Shovan and Laura Shovan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 11, 2002
"Ladies and gentlemen, this is what a champion chess player looks like," the announcer said as Kurt Naiker, a burly 14-year- old in a football jersey, was introduced with other high school champions at a chess tournament at Long Reach High School. He may not fit the highbrow image of a chess player, but Kurt exemplifies how the game can help children improve in school. Saturday's tournament was co-sponsored by the Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) and the Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County.
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By Maria Blackburn and Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF | April 6, 2002
One week after the University of Maryland Terrapins brought the national basketball championship home to College Park, another Maryland university will be contending for a national title in the Final Four. However, where the Terps won with brawn, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers rely on brains. This is, after all, the Final Four of chess. "College chess is like Revenge of the Nerds for sports," said Alan T. Sherman, faculty adviser for the UMBC chess team and an associate professor of computer science.
NEWS
January 30, 2002
The student: Matthew Jolles, 10 School: Waverly Elementary School Special achievement: Won first place in the Susquehanna Scholastic Chess Tournament in the K-5 division by winning all five of his matches. The tournament was held in Havre de Grace in November. He is a member of Waverly's 42-member chess club. How did he learn to play? "My dad taught me and then I entered the UMBC Chess Club." He went on to take lessons from the UMBC team's top players and was soon able to teach his 5-year-old brother the game.
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF | December 30, 2001
In college chess circles, they have become the team to beat. The University of Maryland Baltimore County yesterday capped three days of competition by winning the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship in Providence, R.I. This is the fifth time in six years the team has won the championship, sharing it yesterday in a tie with the University of Texas at Dallas for the second consecutive year. The competition is the largest and most prestigious college chess tournament in the Western Hemisphere, said UMBC spokesman Charlie Melichar.
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By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Sun Staff Writer | May 25, 1995
Tell Jacki Rone that chess is a man's game, and she'll point out a thing or two."One year we had two girls from my school win championships," said Ms. Rone, who supervises the chess club at Calloway Middle School. "They beat those boys soundly."Yesterday, the girls didn't administer a sound whipping, but they made their presence known at the city public schools' annual chess tournament.The tournament, held at the United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. headquarters in Mount Washington, drew 25 girls -- the most ever -- among 120 participants.
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By Stephen Henderson and Stephen Henderson,SUN STAFF | May 21, 1999
On a city school landscape that's littered with ruinous examples of missed opportunity and unrealized potential, Jason Steele and Benjamin Lefstein stand as monuments to what could be. They are college-bound upperclassmen at two of Baltimore's most prestigious magnet schools. They are sharp and engaging. Each is a three-time winner of the city chess club's annual tournament; each vied for a fourth crown yesterday at this year's contest. For Jason and Benjamin, their love of learning was sparked in the city schools' gifted and talented education (GATE)
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By Stephen Henderson and Stephen Henderson,SUN STAFF | May 21, 1999
On a city school landscape that's littered with ruinous examples of missed opportunity and unrealized potential, Jason Steele and Benjamin Lefstein stand as monuments to what could be. They are college-bound upperclassmen at two of Baltimore's most prestigious magnet schools. They are sharp and engaging. Each is a three-time winner of the city chess club's annual tournament; each vied for a fourth crown yesterday at this year's contest. For Jason and Benjamin, their love of learning was sparked in the city schools' gifted and talented education (GATE)
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By Phyllis Lucas and Phyllis Lucas,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 5, 1997
THE 10TH ANNUAL Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Chess Tournament starts at 9 a.m. Jan. 18 in the cafeteria at North County High School, 10 E. First Ave.All Anne Arundel County high school chess players are invited. The entry fee is $9. Rules used in statewide competition will be followed. Trophies will be awarded to the top four winners.For more information, call Frank Utley at 222-6970.Country line dancingDo you like country music and dancing? Country line dance lessons are offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, starting tomorrow, at Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave.The cost is $4 each night for six weeks.
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