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Cook County inmates compete in an international chess tournament

Inmates compete in an international chess tournament in the Cook County Jail. against each other

A new inmate-only international chess competition began on Wednesday, and it all started 10 years ago in the Cook County Jail with lessons on how to play the game.

A new inmate-only international chess competition began on Wednesday, and it all started 10 years ago in the Cook County Jail with lessons on how to play the game.

Then, about six years ago, the county challenged a Russian prison to play an online game.

Since then, the challenge has developed into an international competition – played in 30 countries and six different time zones.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says he met a former inmate at the opening ceremony on Wednesday.

“He said it made him think differently, it made him more analytical, he understood that there are effects on different things, so you have to think several steps ahead. And it was just amazing, I couldn’t have come up with this thing. But it spoke for what we’re trying to do here, “said Dart.

The Cook County Jail also has a program called “Checkmates for Kids” – which allows inmates to virtually play chess with their children using Skype and Zoom.

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