Raton chess club – the ancient game of kings becomes the domain of tigers

Raton chess club – the ancient  game of kings becomes the  domain of tigers

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.

Page Gandy’s Chess players, not in order, are: Alexandra Barry, Dylan Beard, William Berry, Iyn Blackstone, Zena Burgos, Jordan Chavez, Yasmine Chavira-Alvidrez, Haydin Duran, Dylan Horner, Jasper Hunnicutt, Chance Kamp, Justice Leavitt, Aidan Liles, Antonia Lopez, Chance Middlebrook, Justine Morphew, Jesse Perez, Isaiah Romero, Mateo Tapia-Muniz, Christian Tecoriche, Drewlyn Trujillo, Aden Vanderwater. Photo by Page Gandy
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