Kids Turn Out In Central Park For Chess-In-The-Parks Tournament

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It was a beautiful day to get an outdoor workout Saturday, but mental exercise took over Central Park.

As CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell reported for TV 10/55, hundreds of pint-sized players turned out to compete in a chess tournament.

Most of the chess players were barely out of elementary school. But don’t doubt their fast-moving hands or the look of concentration on their young faces – these kids are the real deal.
“You have to have very good focus and patience,” said Niah Plenty of Harlem.

Niah, 12, and her 8-year-old sister Yoni, said it is all about strategy.

“You have to think before you move, and you have to know your pieces,” Yoni Plenty said.

The sisters were among about 800 people in Central Park Saturday for the 14th Annual Chess-in-the-Parks tournament – the largest of its kind in the country.

“We have such a…

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