Parents Line Up To Get Students Into Pioneer Academy’s Chess Program

Chess takes yet another school by storm.

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A game of strategy that helps set the stage for success at a Queens elementary school has parents lining up to enroll their kids.

As CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock reported, 20 students filed into the library at P.S. 307 in Queens, grabbed their games and set up their boards for Pioneer Academy’s chess team practice.

Isaac Ramon is one of the youngest players at just 7 years old.

“(Can you beat everybody here?) No, just that girl and this boy,” he said. (What do you like about chess?) It’s fun and educating.”

They may be small in stature, but the team is mighty when it comes to match play. They recently placed second in the nationals — in part because of Dayra Morocho. Students call her Dayra the tiger.

“I wait until my opponent makes a mistake and then I pounce,” she said.

The reward for her swift win?…

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