2013 Indiana State Chess Tournament

By Ian Hoover- (21Alive)

2013 Indiana State Chess Tournament

November 10, 2013 Updated Nov 10, 2013 at 10:07 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind (21Alive) -- Indiana students, ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, competed in the Indiana State Chess tournament this weekend.

The tournament was held at Canterbury High School in Fort Wayne yesterday. The organizers of the event say that the event is not only a good time, but teaches valuable lessons to kids.

Jim Dean, one of tournament organizers, said that "it gets them exposed to a little bit of competition at an early age. Which is great and there's a lot of skills that can benefit them, a lot of cognitive skills, concentration, there are studies that show it benefits their math skills and things of that nature and of course sportsmanship and making new friends and all those social things can be developed as well"

The 13 first place winners received a 50-dollar gift certificate from Amazon.com, second and third place winners received gift certificates with smaller amounts.

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