City-Wide Chess Tournament at Lenfest PAL
Sounds of kids yelling “Checkmate!” filled the halls of the Lenfest PAL center Wednesday night 12/7 as PAL crowned its annual city-wide chess champions. More than 200 youngsters from 24 PAL centers across Philadelphia came together for regional competitions Monday night 12/5 to compete for a coveted spot in the finals. Only 54 participants moved on to battle for first place at the Lenfest PAL center on Wednesday.
Participants have been practicing all year for this tournament. Through the Lenfest Chess Program, lucky participants had the opportunity to master their chess game under the guidance of PAL Board Member, Chase Lenfest. For over a decade, the Lenfest Chess Program has provided mentors, teachers and friends to PAL youngsters eager to learn the game. Like many of PAL’s programs, this broadens the horizons of inner-city youth and allows them to have experiences they may not have access to otherwise.
Congratulations to the first place winners, Martin and Ashiqua from Southwest PAL, Kysheem from Lenfest PAL and Javier from Police Memorial PAL! All participants were commended for their hard work and dedication. Everyone received a medal to commemorate the close of this year’s chess season.
Thanks to the H. Chase and Ana Maria Lenfest Foundation for generously sponsoring such a great tournament!