by Carol Bridge
RATON — There are 22 young people at the Raton High School who are interested in chess. They learn the complicated rules and moves, use logical strategies, and attempt to lure their opponent into traps.
Their teacher, Page Gandy, is excited to see these young players come in and concentrate on this ancient and challenging game of wits and nerve. No phones, no distractions… just the quiet sound of pieces moving over the boards as young minds plan their next move, regret their last move, and then try to salvage the game or to be a gracious winner.