Placencia is following Toledo's lead

Placencia hosted their first practice games and a mini tournament on Oct 21st.

Dangriga and Hope Creek kids reunited with their summer camp friends from Placencia. Rotarians Maria and Alvin Cabral hosted this event, and are planning to follow up with the weekly chess club days for the Placencia kids. Their son Mikhail is one of our youngest coaches was actively involved in coaching the kids during the Sunday practice games.
The morning started with Ian Anderson conducting a shell collection competition with the kids on the beach, while we were getting the site ready. After that, David Martinez, BNYCF Tournament Director and Irianie Pech, along with Ella Anderson did the review of the basics in the morning session, which followed with the lunch and slide show.
As the practice games were progressing, kids needed constant attention from the coaches, as well as community Volunteers. Micah Williams, who is a coach for Hopkins and Dangriga kids, brought with him Brian and Debbie, who became actively involved in the development of chess in their community. They heard about the program from Michael King, who is a church volunteer, and an active chess promoter and decided to see for themselves...
The best thing about events like this, is that it is not only chess coaches can make a difference... All volunteers efforts make a difference. For example, Debbie(picture below), who came to help from Dangriga, was assigned a very important job of observing kids behavior and taking a note of kids sportsmanship and attitude skills.At the final award ceremony chess sets were given to the kids as prizes.