Cook County Jail Creates Chess Program for Inmates

Cook County Sheriff's office says inmates can gain focus and patience from playing chess

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    Could Cook County inmates learn a thing or two from kings and queens? A new chess program at the Cook County Jail is designed to help inmates make the right moves when they leave custody. (Published Monday, Apr 2, 2012)

    The Cook County Jail is starting a new program, Sheriff Tom Dart announced Monday, and it's not what you think.

    "There are many advantages by playing chess," Dart's office said in a statement. "It helps you gain mental clarity and keeps you focused."

    Dart announced the new program, to be implemented in Division 11 of the county jail, during a Monday press conference.

    He made the announcement with Dr. Mikhail Korenman and Anatoly Karpov, founders of the first chess school in the U.S.

    Korenman is a member of the United States Chess Federation Scholastic Council, and Karpov is a world-renowned chess player and world chess champion from 1975-1985, and then again from 1993-1999.

    In a statement, the sheriff’s office said it believes chess will teach the inmates "responsibility, planning ahead, patience, problem solving, and learning from past mistakes to name a few."