The Royal Panthers strike it rich with trophies

Photo by Terrance Carney

Park Slope

Checkmate, part deux

The world of Rooks and Knights is shaking this week at Standing O. Kudos and honors to the check-mating Royal Panther Chess Team of PS and MS 282 for trouncing and blitzing the opposition and capturing 13th, 14th, and 24th place at the US Chess Federation National Elementary Championship, held in Nashville, TN in May. The team consisted of master chess players Hewitt Ho, Mischa Braswell, Alex Asserviro, Maya Doron-Repa, Aliyah Baugh, and Stephan Direny. Two other members of the team won individuals kudos as well, Jordan Rodriguez, 30th place, and Takanori Underwood, also 30th place. Along with trophies these warriors of the black and white squares won the prestige of their fellow classmates and parents. The Panthers were no pawns in these gambit games but kings of the hill. The annual competition is one of the nation’s preeminent elementary scholastic events.

Standing O says, “Seize the day — and the King, too!”

PS and MS 282 [180 Sixth Ave. between Berkeley and Lincoln places in Park Slope, (718) 622–1626].

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