Aug 02 2011
The Jersey Journal (New Jersey) - by Catherine Weening
The Jersey City Housing Authority, the Jersey City Police Department, and the Kings Knight Chess Club recently hosted the first annual “Think B4 You Move Festival 2011” for young chess players at six Jersey City housing complexes.
Supported by a federal grant awarded in October, the groups have been running chess classes for residents between 10 and 17 years old at Marion Gardens, Montgomery Gardens, Holland Gardens, Hudson Gardens, Curries Woods, and Booker T. Washington Houses, said Kings Knight Chess Club president Bobby Stewart.
The five top students at each housing site participated in the “Think B4 You Move Festival” on Wednesday at the Booker T. Washington housing complex, 200 Colden St.
The team from Holland Gardens won the competition and received a trophy, chess sets, and Nike Hyperzoom sneakers, organizers said.
“It was extremely exciting to see six housing sites under one umbrella,” Stewart said. “It felt good bringing everyone together. We helped unify the city. We definitely want to do it again.”
Kings Knight Chess Club has programs during the school year in public, private, and charter schools throughout Jersey City. It also has programs for adults. To learn more about the Kings Knight Chess Club, please call Stewart at (201) 936-9997.