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Recently, the Broward County Public Schools system held its first Virtual Chess Championship and many young people participated. Miles Rosner, a third grader from Beachside Montessori Village Academy in Hollywood earned a first-place award.

“He really enjoyed it. Miles loves chess and will do it next year playing against other kids in the county,” said his mother Kara Rosner.

About 170 students participated in the tournament which was held in partnership between the District and Chess 4 Life. The tournament was divided into four categories by grade level including kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth, sixth through eight and ninth through 12th.

Because of the coronavirus situation, the Spring Chess Championship was moved to a virtual landscape.

Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was pleased with the virtual chess tournament and believes chess is a good activity. “It helps to enhance students’ problem-solving skills, concentration and creativity and provides great lessons in patience and sportsmanship,” he said.

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David Volz
David Volz has been a reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2011 and has worked for numerous community news publications throughout South Florida over the past two decades including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal. He is a Professor in the Business department at Broward College and the editor of the Coral Springs Connection, an online community news website. He covers city government, schools, sports events, cultural activities, faith groups and workplaces.

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