LISD Students Challenge Iceland Students In Game Of Chess - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/24/05

LISD Students Challenge Iceland Students In Game Of Chess

Checkmate... That is a term not too many children are familiar with nowadays. But, a Texas Tech professor is hoping to bring new interest to the game, right here in Lubbock.

Hal Karlsson has been teaching Ramirez school-children about chess all year long, as part of an after school enrichment program. Ramirez is LISD's first charter school, and that title enables the school to find new and exciting avenues for teaching.

"A child who plays chess, according to research - brain research, a child is able to comprehend and understand his math better as well as other parts of expression and etiquette," said JoAnn Newman, the Multicultural Events University Coordinator.

"It is also an option especially for handicapped kids and kids who are physically not very able. It's a great activity...something to be proud of," said Haraldur Karlsson.

Tuesday, the "Ramirez Rooks" went head-to-head with children in Karlsson's native Iceland. The students took part in the tournament over the Internet, and is believed to be the first of its kind in our area.

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