CHICAGO (AP) — A unique two-day chess tournament will be held at Cook County Jail in Chicago this week.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is hosting what it deems as a first-of-its kind tournament for inmates around the world. Video conferencing at the county jail will be used to involve players from correctional systems in six other countries including Brazil, England, Italy and Russia. They’ll play round-robin style chess, where each team plays each team.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Sunny Next Two Days
The tournament takes place Monday and Tuesday.READ MORE: CDC Advisory Committee Recommends Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids Ages 12 To 15
Cook County Jail started a chess program in 2012.
Jail officials say chess instills critical thinking skills and patience, lessons which can be used while in custody and for re-entering society.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Illinois: Average Infection Rate Falls To Lowest Point Since Late March; Vaccinations Still Lagging From April Peak
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