Sonoma County’s Chess For Kids gives a big THANK YOU to Tigran Petrosian, Varuzhan Akobian and to orgnaizer Thomas Southerland who donated all proceeds to our Chess for Kids’ scholarship program.
Petrosian, who is named after the first Armenian to obtain the title of world champion, earned the right to take on current world champion, Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, in a June 23 match on Chess.com.
Shaking hands after a game is, of course, polite. But did you know that shaking hands before a game is now officially mandatory? Mandatory or not, we love the ritual for both its lesson and demonstration of respect.
Just as all the students went into their games today knowing they’d (most probably) lose to these Grandmasters, they knew they’d also walk away having both won and offered respect: Respect for these Grandmasters who have taken time to share their love of Chess with young minds, Respect for their parents who have encourage and supported their interest in Chess, and respect for the history and for the game of Chess itself.
Once again – A huge THANK YOU to Thomas Southerland, Varuzhan Akobian and Tigran Petrosian who donated all proceeds to our Chess for Kids’ scholarship program!