Hundreds compete in scholastic chess tournament
Feb 20, 2010 8:33 PM CST

It’s the weekend, but even so, many of our school children put their minds to work by playing chess.

A huge crowd gathered at Forest Hill High School in Jackson Saturday for the 2010 Mississippi Scholastic Chess Championship.

Individuals and teams from across the state competed for medals and trophies. Each match lasts about an hour.

Chess is a game that adults love as much as kids.

“It helps with cognitive, analytical thinking. It’s also good for study habits. You have to prepare if you want to play really well in chess,” says Douglas Stewart, President of the Mississippi Chess Association.

More than 300 students from kindergarten through grade 12 participated, including children from 12 Jackson Public Schools.


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