On Saturday, November 5, 2016, some 40 Yalow kindergarten, 1st-, and 2nd-grade students—the Yalow Tigers—taught their parents how to play chess at Yalow’s first chess open house. Yalow Tigers train every Saturday for the Yalow chess team, and these 5-, 6-, and 7-year-olds learn fast. Fast enough to teach their parents why chess is not only fun (attack, defense!) but also intellectually important, requiring focus and geometrical reasoning. It’s no coincidence that studies show chess programs also increase students’ overall scholastic performance.
Daryl Homer and his mentor, fellow Olympian and Yalow board member Ivan Lee, conducted a saber fencing exhibition for students and their families, while London’s Royal Automobile Club chess team took on four chess masters, including three of Yalow’s chess instructors. BronxNet Channel 67 broadcast the Community Festival.