CENTRAL FALLS â€” In an era of fast-action video entertainment such as â€śGrand Theft Autoâ€ť and â€śMadden 25,â€ť the centuries-old game of chess would not seem to offer much appeal to todayâ€™s youth. Yet, from elementary to high school age, students in Central Falls are not only interested in learning the game, but in mastering it.
For 13 years now, chess has been offered in the cityâ€™s public schools. History teacher Frank DelBonis, a chess enthusiast who has been playing since the age of 5, introduced the program back in 2000 at the high school. In 2001, math teacher Dan Amadio started a middle school team, and chess is now offered as an extracurricular activity at the elementary level as well to ensure a â€śfeederâ€ť system.
Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times and Monday's Call.