Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Rising Chess Star at Wilson-Gray YMCA Hartford

Good Morning Everyone,
I wanted to share this about one of our Hartford DIG Chess players.  
Gabe joined our team over a year ago when he moved to Hartford from the Bronx. He was in and out of homeless shelters in the Bronx with his mom and brother from the age of 9 to 16. He recently graduated high school and got a large scholarship to go to UConn Hartford starting this summer.  
He wrote his college essay about playing chess at a high level and going back to homeless shelters around Hartford with DIG to teach and speak to everyone about his success now.  He is working at Chick Fil A, has an interview with Apple on Aug. 8 and is in summer classes now with a 4.0.
This past weekend he finished 4-1 at the Bradley Open Chess Tournament.  This resulted in a 3rd place finish out of 26 players and a $75 payment. He has now been to four competitive chess tournaments and has an overall record of 15-4.

Three team members competed in the Bradley Open tournament as a result of a $300 donation from Olde Liberty Insurance in Wethersfield, CT, and a $100 donation from chess master Rick Bauer of Wolcott CT.


We meet every Wednesday 6pm - 8pm at  Wilson-Gray YMCA, 444 Albany Avenue,  Hartford Connecticut.   The general public is invited, go to the upstairs library where we play.
Coach Dan
Dan Starbuck Pelletier


Gabe Watson













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