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The Champions' Game Paperback – May 9, 2017
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"An inspiring, true story." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
About the Author
Saul Ramirez is the chess coach and art teacher at Henderson Middle School in El Paso, Texas, where he coached his students to win the national chess championships in 2015 and 2016. Ramirez grew up in El Paso's Segundo Barrio, one of the poorest zip codes in the United States, and discovered chess as a child, which became a pathway out of misfortune. Ramirez, like his current students, competed and became a champion in various state and national tournaments. Ramirez graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in May 2010 and started teaching at Henderson Middle School in August of that same year, where he continues to create new paths for the dreams of his students. He lives in El Paso with his wife, Edna, and two children, Saul Jr. and Frida. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The reader is treated to how purpose was instilled and nurtured in Ramirez’s life during his formative years and how that foundation was built upon and fostered to the next generation. Using the principles of chess and relating it to life Ramirez and his protégés achieve great triumphs. This story reminds me of “Lean on Me” (1989) and “Stand and Deliver” (1988) movies. It should be on the cinematic screen too.