On June 3 at Rutgers University in Newark, young players had a chance to exercise their chess playing skills and learn new tricks of the game at the third annual Amiri Baraka Chess Tournament.

Hosted by the Newark Chess Club, the tournament was held in honor of the late poet and civil rights activist, Amiri Baraka Sr., who is considered one of the most influential voices of our time.

The Newark Chess Club is a mentorship program that was established to engage the lives of Newark’s youth in a positive way. Executive Director, Darryl Scipio, began the Amiri Baraka Memorial Chess Tournament with the hopes of evoking strategic theory and thought through the game of chess. The event highlighted many of the proven benefits of chess, as the critical and strategic skills gained can be incredibly useful in all aspects of our lives. Not only did students have the opportunity to engage in fun environment, but winners also received $3,000 in scholarships.

Newark Chess Club Game

The winners included:

  •       Elementary School division winner: David Bargas, a 4th grader at Camden Street School
  •       Middle School division winner: Peter Ren, student at Glenwood Elementary School
  •       High School division winner: Dihzae Bailey, a graduating Senior at University High
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Congratulations to all the winners and participants!

Newark Chess Club Winner