Monday, March 02, 2009

Spreading Chess in South Carolina

Area chess player wants other students to learn love of game
Sunday, March 1, 2009 11:23 PM EST
EDGEFIELD -- Using money given to her by the South Carolina Chess Association for expenses incurred representing the state at the Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls Chess tournament in Lubbock, Texas, Hannah “Tori” Whatley is helping local schools start chess programs.

The 13-year-old Merriwether Middle School student wants to donate three chess sets to schools that are within a 10-mile drive of her own school, in hopes of fostering chess competitions and new friendships.

The schools are Mossy Creek Elementary, Hammond Hills Elementary, North Augusta Elementary, Paul Knox Middle School and North Augusta Middle School.

The principals or assistant principals of the schools can send an e-mail to letting her know how to get in touch with whomever will be leading the school’s chess club.

Tori and her father, David Whatley, will deliver the sets and provide support on how to set up and run a chess club. David Whatley is the coach of the Merriwether Mavericks Scholastic Chess Team.

Whatley can be reached at (803) 442-9060.
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