Two-hundred-and-ninety students from 13 Catholic schools across Sarnia-Lambton and Chatham-Kent participated in a chess tournament that has a long tradition in Sarnia.
"It was a great day," says St. Matthew Catholic School FSL teacher and tournament organizer Chris Vaillant. "This event has been running in our Sarnia Catholic schools since the mid-90s. It's something the students and staff look forward to every year."
The students competed in six rounds of chess for trophies in age groups that ranged from Grade 1 to 8.
"Not only is it a lot of fun, but chess also provides great opportunities for learning," says Mr. Vaillant. "It touches a number of subject areas, including math and helps students to develop skills in critical thinking."
Participating schools this year, in addition to the host school St. Matthew, were: Christ The King, Wallaceburg; Gregory A. Hogan, Sarnia; Holy Rosary, Wyoming, Holy Trinity, Sarnia; St. Anne, Sarnia; Sacred Heart, Sarnia; St. John Fisher, Forest; St. Joseph, Corunna; St. Michael, Bright's Grove; Monsignor Uyen, Chatham; St. Peter Canisius, Watford; and St. Philip, Petrolia.