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Excitement over chess propels Stoneleigh to championship win
Excitement over chess propels Stoneleigh to championship win

Sue Thompson deserves her own trophy for her part in Stoneleigh Elementary's first place win for the second year in a row in Baltimore County Public Schools' fourth annual systemwide Chess Championship last month. Thompson uses the game in her first grade math classes to teach children about patterns strategies and coordinates on a grid. Starting in third grade, students can join the chess club, which Thompson coaches. Early on, Thompson tried to cut off membership at 40. The only adult in the room, she was worried about the children's safety. The outcry from parents forced her to relent. She recruited parents to help out and could raise the limit to 75. "We...

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