Young chess players make their moves in Glendale

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From the Los Angeles Times:

Every Friday night, a group of noisy youngsters shuffles through a side door at First Baptist Church of Glendale. They laugh, shove and talk over one another as they enter a large, brightly lighted room with three long tables.

Inside, silver-haired Armen Ambartsoumian waits for them to settle down so the session can begin. Ambartsoumian, an international chess master who is determined to groom Glendale’s next generation of elite players, demands their focus. This can be a chore when dealing with more than two dozen kids ages 5 to 18.

Once the players unpack their black-and-white boards and chess pieces, Ambartsoumian instructs them to pair up and play. Then he paces the aisles between the tables, one hand on his hip, the other pointing out mistakes.

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Written by Times Community News

October 10, 2009 at 10:52 am

Posted in L.A. Times

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