Dart: Teach Inmates Chess And They’ll Learn Valuable Skills

CHICAGO (CBS) — Authorities hope to teach Cook County Jail inmates some lessons about patience, responsibility and learning from mistakes – by having them play chess.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced Monday morning that chess philanthropist Dr. Mikhail Korenman had proposed introducing chess to the jail. Together with world-renowned chess player Anatoly Karpov, Dart and Korenman unveiled the new program in the day room of Division 11, a medium security sector of the jail.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

The program has roots in Russia, Karpov said.

“We started a similar program in Russia 15 years ago, and now we have a championship in Russia for detainees and for people who are rotting in prison,” Karpov said.

The purpose of the program is to direct inmates away from their predilection toward seeking out instant gratification, and urge them to think before they act, Dart said in a news release. Chess teaches people patience and strategy, and acting impulsively will be devastating.

Dart says Korenman, who works as a Chicago high school teacher and as the U.S. director of Karpov’s chess school will assist 150 County Jail inmates who could use a nudge in the right direction.

“Their lifetime accomplishments could be summarized in about one second – zero,” Dart said. “For them to get involved with something like this, where they’re actually learning skills and having goals, and feel amongst themselves that they can accomplish things they set out to – it’s the first time that’s ever happened,” Dart said.

Dart says he wants to see jail inmates playing chess with detainees at other prisons, so as to help pass the time and build up their confidence and problem solving skills for the day they are released from the jail.

  • fed.up

    Teach them how to work and get a job. They already played games and now they are in jail.

  • west town dude

    let’s look at what dart has doine so far, millinois spent to identify misburied remains, wanted to spend big bucks on finding more of gacy’s victims, turns a blind eye to massive corruption in his office, and now this ridiculos proposal. time for dart to go somewhere else.

  • zatso

    Dart got check mated on the Gacy probe, so now Chess to keep his name in the news. Must be a lack of prostitutes and johns.

    Make jail into what it used to be recognized for! Punishment!

    Until idiots recognize this, the creeps don’t fear doing wrong. We are the pawns till the Sicilian defense wipes out the knights of doom.


  • rownan1

    This Dart is such a publicity hound. Whats next for him the circus?

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  • If Trayvon be here, he'd be Just Axin

    Great, he’s gonna compare something that worked for Russians and think that’ll work for brothas in jail here?

    • THEE Yard Ape

      All I can say about this, is WHAT THE FUK!!!??

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