This story was updated on Feb. 25, 2014.
Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church in Glenn Dale held its first annual chess tournament on Jan. 25 and announced three youth winners and three adult winners.
Ten-year-old Kamara Manzie of Upper Marlboro, a fifth-grader at Highland Park Christian Academy in Landover, won first place in the youth division, followed by Jahnaiya Sutherland, 10, of Bowie and Khoran Reynolds, 14, of Bowie in second and third place, respectively.
Taking home titles for the adult division were James Fabunmi, Ernest Gooding and Peter Aimable. Fabunmi and Gooding are also volunteers with Reid Temple’s chess ministry.
Volunteers Ted Fagan of Largo and Peter Aimable of Lanham contributed to the success of the tournament.
Sandy Campbell of Glenn Dale, president of the chess ministry and organizer of the event, said the tournament was part of the ministry’s one year anniversary celebration.
“We invited people throughout the [tri-state area] to come participate,” Campbell said. “It was well attended.”
Campbell said chess contributes to health mental development, self-esteem and discipline.
“The goal [of the ministry] was to engage members in fellowship over the game of chess, as well as attract new members,” she said. “We felt this was a way to help people of all ages.”
Campbell, who has been playing chess for more than 30 years, said the game encourages players to think carefully about their decisions and make the best possible one.
“Hopefully you relate that to the best choices in your life,” she said.