Published in Jan. 2013
“It was also a success for the US Chess Trust, which provided sets where they would not otherwise be.”
Kingston, NY – “A chess team from Putnam Valley built on last year’s success at the 19th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. chess tournament at the St. Joseph School in Kingston. In 2012, Putnam Valley finished 5th with 15 team points, determined by adding the scores of the team’s top four players. 11 players made the trip.
This year 13 played and finished 3rd , with 16 points, closely trailing teams with 16.5 and 17. The Putnam Valley top four, all with 4 wins and one loss, were Kelby Dath, Serhiy Solovyov, Joseph Raetzer, and Ivan Caposito. And all of the other players did well, scoring 3-2 or 2.5-2.5. All earned chess medals or trophies.
Chess Master and author Stephan Gerzadowicz, AKA Mr G, is into his 4th year teaching chess at Putnam Valley Elementary School and giving private lessons. Increasing class sizes and strong parental support bode well for players’ continued success. It was also a success for the US Chess Trust, which provided sets where they would not otherwise be.”
Note from the Trust:
We would like to thank Chess Master Stephan Gerzadowicz for providing the U.S. Chess Trust with this information.
The U.S. Chess Trust is happy to hear that through our Chess-for-Youth program we are helping make a difference in the life of young chessplayers at Putnam Valley Elementary School and many others across our nation.
Please share your stories, we would be happy to publish them.
hi Stephan… I’ll take this opportunity to thank you for your past help. I’m the sponsor (not inmate) of the prison chess program in Ontario, Oregon. A few years ago you gave your support for the program and sent the Chess Club several chess books. The Club is still going, and the books you sent are still being used. Anyway, thanks for this…and for your many other chess activities. Thanks, Tom Booth, Idaho