Bridgeport school forms tournament chess club
BRIDGEPORT – Life happens while you are making other plans and the same can be said for chess at Bridgeport High School.
Last fall, high school English teacher – and now Chess Club advisor -- Corey Munoz, corralled some students, who were coming into his room to play other games, and challenged them to give chess a try.
“I grew up playing chess, so I thought it would be fun to play against some of my students.,” said Munoz. “I brought a board in and discovered that nearly all of them had never played the game.”
Soon, many students were hooked on the game.
“Two of our seniors were the brains behind turning chess into an actual activity for the school,’ said Munoz, “They spearheaded the formation of the club and recruited their peers into our ranks.
There are now have more than 30 students playing chess at BHS.
“We had a tournament for just our students, which ended with a senior in first, a freshman in second, and sophomores in third and fourth,” Munoz said. “With the help of our principal, Mrs. Jackson, we invited students from Brewster, Mansfield, and Pateros to compete with us on Feb. 22.
The club ended up hosting a 32-student event with16 games played at the same time.
“Each student had the opportunity to play against someone from each of the schools,” said Munoz. “In the end, Bridgeport had the most wins and was declared the winner.”
The club hopes to continue competing with Brewster, Mansfield, and Pateros at least once a month.
“Next year we’re hoping we can make this even larger,” said Munoz. “We’re excited about the prospect of involving even more schools or being able to travel to larger cities to compete against established clubs.”
Munoz said that what his student have built this year is truly remarkable.
“They have created something that has the potential to be a part of many lives for years,” said Munoz. “I consider myself fortunate to be able to be a part of it.”