CHICAGO (CBS) — Inmates at the Cook County Jail moved around a chess board Tuesday morning, as they competed online against inmates in Armenia, Spain and Russia.
From moving pawns, to taking bishops, to finally checkmate.
READ MORE: ‘This Is Not Just Any Usual Recovery’: Economist Explains Rash Of Price Hikes, Product Shortages
This is the 5th time the Cook County Jail has competed in the international tournament. Part of the reason for the competition is to teach life skills and work on decision making.
One inmate who’s participated in the program before wrote a letter to organizers thanking them for the opportunity, and said he believes it could change the world.
READ MORE: With CDC Approval Of Pfizer Vaccine For Children 12-15 Nearing, Doctors Say Vaccinating Children Key To Helping End Pandemic
“The sum of all evil would be greatly diminished if the race of man sat quietly in their rooms lost playing chess,” said
Inmates earned their way into the tournament through internal competition. They must also have good behavior to qualify.
MORE NEWS: Former Mayor Rahm Emanuel Reportedly To Be Named U.S. Ambassador To Japan
The Cook County Jail started the chess program in 2012.