Students place in chess tournament

On Saturday, Oct. 9, children throughout the metro Birmingham area met at the Macy’s Atrium to play chess in support of the National Chess Day celebration across America. The entry fees, totaling $420, were donated to the Children’s Hospital Children’s Harbor program.

The goal of the scholastic tournament was to promote chess, help children achieve their best and support a charitable cause-Children’s Harbor. The children received gift cars, participation certificates, t-shirts, gift bags, trophies and medallions for their competitive chess play.

Several Shelby County area students participated in the tournament. They included Primary K-4 competitors: Aidan Ganesh, second place, Valley Elementary; Neil Furman, third place, Valley Elementary; Easan Ganesh, fifth place, Valley Elementary; Abby Camlic, sixth place, Valley Elementary; and Novice K-8 participants: Wesley Brown, first place, Thompson Middle; Eric Marin, second place, Oak Mountain Intermediate; and Benjamin Boone, fifth place, Oak Mountain Intermediate.