St. Ethelreda’s chess team offers lessons in strategy, patience

Fifty kindergartners through eighth-graders at St. Ethelreda School participate in the school’s chess team. Their work has garnered tables full of trophies, proudly displayed by the school’s front office. It has also helped members of the team find skills and talents they did not know they had.
St. Ethelreda School students practice chess on April 12, 2019. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Eric Luster, a teacher and chess coach, guides the students on April 12, 2019/ (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
The chess team’s many trophies are on display at the school. (Photo courtesy of Susan Thomas)
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Samantha Chalmers, a sixth grade student, contemplates her moves. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Seventh-grader Shakira Luster, a standout, assists younger players before preparing to leave for a national competition at McCormick Place on April 12. She was recently ranked in the top 100 for 12-year-old girls in the United States, and to our knowledge, she is the only African American female student for her age in this ranking. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
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