Of our 1,400 students, 86 percent meet some federal poverty criteria. But this championship shows that our young men can reach the highest levels, regardless of race, economic background or family situation.
-- William Duffie, of Chicago's Orr High School, 1996 National Co-Champions
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Huntington Beach, CA 92655 has a full time youth chess facility with about 220 members ages 5-17. According to NM Robert Snyder: "We hold the national record for training top champions with 27 students winning first place in a championship section at NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC CHAMPIONSHIPS! In November we took top teams in Elementary, Junior High & High School in the ALL AMERICA CUP and our students got first individual in all 3 same sections! The club also introduces chess to about 10,000 students each year in the schools - offering free presentations to local schools and also after/during school ongoing programs. CHESS FOR JUNIORS CAMP every August in the Southern California Mountains has top trainers work with students intensively from all over the US and Europe."
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