Toronto elementary schools compete at Harbourfront Centre in the 2008-09 TDSB Team Chess Finals on April 6TORONTO, Wednesday, March 18, 2009 — On Monday, April 6, 120 students will compete in the 2008-2009 Toronto District School Board Team Chess Finalspresented in association with Harbourfront Centre Camps. Student teams from 24 elementary schools from across Toronto will participate for the chance at winning the coveted Masters Trophy. The TDSB Team Chess Finals take place on Monday, April 6, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West.Many of the participants are regular campers at Harbourfront Centre’s popular Chess Challenge Camp. The game of chess allows students to enhance their problem-solving skills and also their interpersonal and life skills. From beginners to advanced level, chess enthusiasts learn the art of chess from instructor Peter Boross-Harmer who is also the organizer of the TDSB Team Chess Finals and a Principal with the Toronto District School Board. Boross-Harmer has been playing chess for over 35 years and continues to pursue a competitive chess career, in which he has achieved a master's ranking. At Harbourfront Centre, Chess Challenge campers are taught elementary techniques such as how to open a game, defend a piece, checkmate, avoid stalemate and more, while experienced players pick up additional tips to improve their game. At Harbourfront Centre, Chess Challenge Camp is offered during March Break and the summer, from July 27 to August 21, along with over 35 other dynamic, creative and exciting camps.The TDSB Team Chess Finals are the culminating event after four qualifying tournaments held throughout March. The top eight schools representing each of the three divisions—Primary Division (grades 1-3), Junior Division (grades 4-6) and Senior Division (grades 7-8)—will be on-hand to compete in round-robin games with each school team playing every other school. Each school team consists of five players ranked in order of strength. The top three school teams from each division will win awards.
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