A chess grandmaster, ranked 3rd in the U.S., put his skill at playing blindfolded to the test Friday at the Cook County Jail, beating ten inmates in two hours, without ever seeing any of the chess boards.
This was not Boris Spassky vs. Bobby Fischer. First, it was a match between prison inmates, not world class chess masters. Second, the Russians won this time.
Authorities hope to teach Cook County Jail inmates some lessons about patience, responsibility and learning from mistakes – by having them play chess.