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Saxvik Elementary Holds First Chess Tournament

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Fourth and fifth graders are keeping their strategy skills in check at the first ever Saxvik Elementary Chess Tournament.

Chess has become very popular at Saxvik.

They started a chess club last year and this year have more than 40 students have joined.

Today's tournament welcomes all 4th and 5th grade students from local elementary schools.

Chess Coach Josh Kitzman says chess is a great game to teach kids because it encourages algebraic thinking and how to work through a problem.

"It's like a pretty strategic game. You gotta like think through your moves and all that," says Payton Gathman, 5th Grade, Saxvik Elementary.

"It teaches them to slow down and it teaches them strategy and many kids, once they learn how to play correctly, they just take off with it. It's a wonderful game and I'm not quite sure what we did at Saxvik but whatever we did it's working. It's a very positive program for our students," says Josh Kitzman, Chess Coach, Saxvik Elementary.

The Saxvik chess club meets every Tuesday and Thursday after school.

Their next tournament will be the State Scholastic Tournament on April 12th at Shiloh Christian School.

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