Colorado Kids Learn Strategy At International Chess Competition

Colorado Kids Learn Strategy At International Chess Competition


DOESN’T APPEAR THAT ANYBODY WAS SERIOUSLY HURT. ALCOHOL MAY HAVE BEEN A FACTOR IN THAT CRASH. IT IS A BIG WEEKEND FOR COLORADO’S YOUNGEST CHAMPS PLAYING ONE OF THE WORLD EAST OLDEST GAMES. THE BEST CHESS PLAYERS IN THE COUNTRY FLEW INTO OUR STATE TO FACE OFF AGAINST THEM. AND SOME OF THE KIDS SCHOOLED THOSE PROS. MELISSA GARCIA WENT TO CENTENNIAL FOR THE DENVER OPEN CHESS TOURNAMENT. Reporter: THE HUNDREDS OF KIDS AND ADULTS SHOWING OFF THEIR STRATEGY ALONG SOME OF THEIR IDOLS. THESE MOVES ARE HELPING THEM TO WIN IN MORE THAN JUST A GAME. THE WIN CAN LAST HOURS AND HOURS. Reporter: IT IS ROUND THREE IN THE DENVER OPEN CHESS TOURNAMENT. SEVENTH GRADER SULLIVAN MCCONNELL IS MAKING MOVES AGAINST SOME OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE WORLD. CHESS IS A VERY HUMBLING THING. Reporter: A FOUR TIME STATE CHAMPION HIMSELF, HERE, HE IS LOOKING UP TO PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS. SOME PEOPLE THINK IT IS LIKE A NERDY SPORT. I DON’T THINK IT IS. Reporter: INTERNATIONAL MASTER DANNY WRENCH. HE SAYS PUSHING THESE PIECES IS MORE THAN JUST A BOARD GAME. IT WILL HELP KIDS IN LIFE. WHEN YOU LOSE, THERE IS NO ONE TO LOOK AT EXCEPT THE MIRROR AND BE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT YOU DID WRONG. Reporter: SARAH HARMON SAYS SHE GETS THROUGH REAL LIFE CHALLENGES THE SAME WAY SHE GETS THROUGH THE GAME. I TRY TO FIND THE BEST MOVE EVERY MOVE. I TRY NOT TO THINK ABOUT THE GAME AS A WHOLE BUT ONE MOVE AT A TIME. Reporter: THE TOURNAMENT CONTINUES TOMORROW.

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