Parent Review – Masai

“Masai was introduced to chess by his dad, who taught him and his two older brothers how to play almost as soon as they could walk and talk. He played his very first tournament at PS282 and WON! That win made him want to join the chess team to learn how to play better so that he could beat his dad and win more trophies. Mr. Colding promised Masai that if he practiced, and learned the fundamentals, he would do very well in chess. Thanks to the 282 chess program Masai accomplished all of his goals: he beats his dad at chess on a regular basis and he’s won top trophies both locally and on a national level. The 282 chess program has had an amazing and positive impact on Masai. It has given him confidence, problem-solving skills, and friendships that he’ll have for the rest of his life. When applying to middle schools within our district, it was a challenge to find a school with high academic standards that also had a strong chess team. Ultimately Masai was accepted into his top choice, in some part, because they were eager to have a player with his skills become part of their growing chess program.” – Kimtoya