Community High School of Vermont held an officially rated Chess Tournament at the Caledonia County Work Camp on Feb. 17.
Six trained volunteers from New Hampshire and Vermont made the journey to St. Johnsbury to compete with nine residents of the Work Camp and their teacher, Bill Storz. In a hard-fought four-round event, N.H. chess master Doug Grant emerged victorious. Second place was earned by David Alexander, and third place by volunteer John Ward of Newport. The event was a collaborative effort between CHSVT, DOC Recreation and the US Chess Trust.
The Chess Program within Community High School emphasizes the value of chess as a worthy leisure activity, as well as a vehicle for learning important life values such as sportsmanship, respect and responsibility. The CHSVT Chess Club has hosted 18 officially sanctioned Chess Tournaments since its inception in 2007, involving a total of 94 distinct competitors from Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York and Canada.