Isfeld chess players teach game to Valley View students

Club in need of boards, sets, pieces

Elanor Bukach

Student intern


Grade 12 chess enthusiasts from Mark R. Isfeld Secondary who spend their lunches playing the game have gone above and beyond, spending their study block teaching Grades 3 and 5 from Valley View Secondary the ancient game of chess.

Chess has a long, distinguished history, dating back as far as AD 600, yet it is still widely practised to this day.

“Did you think chess was extinct?” asks Jesse Pendak, organizer and teacher at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary, “Think again.”

Isfeld students have organized a tournament and students at Valley View Elementary are forming their own chess club after instruction from the older students.

“Students at both schools really enjoyed it,” said Pendak. “Besides teaching the game of chess, the students are helping to foster a community atmosphere between the two schools and having fun!”

Both schools however are in need of chess sets and are asking for donations. Sets, boards and/or chess pieces are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at either Isfeld or Valley View.

Anyone wishing to become involved or to donate can contact Jesse Pendak by email or by phone at 250-334-2428


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