By Post Staff
The Science Village Chess Club of the Museum of African American Technology recently held a chess tournament for Oakland youth K-12 in Frank Ogawa Plaza.
Twenty-one young contestants participated in the tournament, which took place Saturday, May 9. There were four winners: Tahi Campbell, a second grader at Carl Munck Elementary School; Lance Finley, a third grader at Carl Munck; Allison Naganuma, a fifth grader at Carl Munck; and Fernando Iglesias, a sixth grader at East Oakland Leadership Academy.
“This contest helps young people develop their critical thinking skills and is a positive thing for them to do with their time. It’s exciting to see how rapidly they learn, faster than most adults,” said Marvin Willis, the program director for the chess club.
It’s a shame, Willis said, that Oakland has no citywide chess club, but he hopes to see one start in the near future.
The Museum of African American Technology is a non-profit organization created in 2006, whose mission is in part to provide a venue for Oakland youth to engage in activities that both challenge and develop their minds.