Jail Inmates Play In International Online Chess Tournament

Jail Inmates Play In International Online Chess Tournament


SPRAY PAINTED WITH WORDS AND SYMBOLS. IT WAS NOT BEING USED FOR OFFICIAL DUTY AT THE TIME. WE WANT TO TAKE YOU TO A CHESS TOURNAMENT IN A PLACE YOU WOULDN’T EXPECT WITH PLAYERS WHO MAY SURPRISE YOU. YEAH, MORE THAN CHECK MATE, THEY’RE INMATES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD INCLUDING THE COOK COUNTY JAIL. AS CBS 2’S MUGO ODIGWE TELLS US, THEY’RE MAKING THE RIGHT MOVES FOR THEIR FUTURES. Reporter: AT FIRST GLANCE YOU MIGHT THINK THIS IS JUST ABOUT CHESS. BUT FOR THE INMATES HERE AT THE COOK COUNTY JAIL, IT’S A LOT MORE THAN THAT. SOME TELL ME PLAYING CHESS IS TEACHING THEM HOW TO MAKE BETTER LIFE DECISIONS. FEEL GOOD. [ LAUGHTER ] I FEEL GOOD MAKES ME FEEL ACCEPTED. Reporter: RASHAD GOT INTO CHESS ABOUT FOUR AND A HALF YEARS AGO. JUST MAKES ME REALIZE HOW SMART I REALLY WAS. Reporter: THERE’S I MANUEL GARCIA, HE’S BEEN PLAYING CHESS FOR 25 YEARS NOW. STARTING WHEN HE WAS 8 YEARS OLD. I NEVER THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. YOU KNOW. AND I NEVER THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO GET TO THIS LEVEL YOU KNOW. I DIT IT FOR — NEVER DID IT LIKE FOCUSES IN ON A TOURNAMENT. Reporter: THAT TOURNAMENT IS HERE AT THE COOK COUNTY JAIL WHERE THE GAME HAS TAKEN ON A WHOLE NEW MEANING. EMMANUEL AND RASHAD ARE TWO OF 14 PARTICIPANTS USING LAPTOPS AND TEAMS OF FOUR TO CHALLENGE INMATES FROM SIX OTHER COUNTRIES INCLUDING RUSSIA AND ITALY. HOPEFULLY WE GO FOR SECOND PLACE BECAUSE I DON’T THINK WE GOING TO CATCH RUSSIA. Reporter: THE JAIL STARTED ITS CHESS PROGRAM BACK IN 2012. OFFICIALS SAY IT INSTILLS CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS AND PATIENCE AND OTHER QUALITIES NEEDED TO NAVIGATE LIFE BEHIND BARS AND M THEM IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. UNDERSTANDING THAT EVERY DECISION YOU MAKE YOU KNOW, CAN AFFECT YOUR WHOLE FUTURE. IT’S EITHER LIKE TOMORROW OR MAYBE TWO, THREE YEARS FROM NOW. I NEVER KNEW HOW SMART I WAS UNTIL I GOT LOCKED UP. AND CHESS KIND OF LIKE STIMULATES MY MIND AND MAKES MY MIND MOVE. IT MAKES MY MIND THINK. Reporter: WHEN IT’S OVER THE BEST PLAYER WILL RECEIVE A

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