Chess Tournament Brings Out Competitive and Charitable Spirit

April 4, 2014

by AJ Dickinson

An event that brings together participants from kindergartners to adults does not come along often.  Yet, the 2014 Hudson Charity Chess Tournament accomplished that feat by attracting more than 35 players of all ages this past Sunday, March 30 at the Woodland Heights Clubhouse on Overlook Circle.  The tournament which began at 10 a.m. and ran through 2 p.m. was not only a great way for competitive and amateur chess players to battle it out for a chance to win a trophy and be crowned champion, but was also an opportunity to charitably support the Vijaya Mary Integrated School for the Blind.

The Vijaya Mary School, which was founded in the United Kingdom in 1987, has since provided a free education for hundreds of blind and less fortunate children from all walks of life.  These children are taught basic liberal studies such as math and English as well as music and dance.  Along with these traditional subjects, children are also taught vital life skills that will help them cope with life after school and can be applied in the work force upon graduation.  “The key word in the school’s title is not ‘school’ or ‘blind’.  But rather ‘integrated’, because it truly brings together children from varied circumstances; blind or poor.  Orphaned or abandoned, and gives them the courage to face the world and the hope they need for a better future.”  (mission together project information).  For more information on the Vijaya Mary School visit their web site at