For West Linn sixth-grader Cole Wilson, the reason to play competitive chess is simple.
“I like the game,” said Wilson, an Athey Creek Middle School student. “I like the strategy.”
He also likes to win.
At age 12, Wilson is already a decorated chess competitor.
His trophies — which include more than a dozen plus a load of medals — sit on top of a bookcase in his bedroom, above soccer and baseball awards. Wilson took first place at the recent Chess for Success tournament, hosted by a nonprofit that organizes an annual competition for clubs and individual students.
He hopes to add another notch to his belt at the Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation Championship April 11 in Seaside. More than 300 finalists are scheduled to compete according to age groups.
Wilson said his interest began when he was a second-grader at Pacific Northwest Academy in Wilsonville.
There, he found Chess Vision, a company that provided instruction and coaching to the student chess club.
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