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Cleveland police, public library host chess challenge

CMSD News Bureau

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Cleveland police detective Carl Bowers was a national chess champion as a John Adams High School student in 1983. Now, Bowers is using his role in the police department to bring the game he loves to the next generation of CMSD students.


Nearly 600 students competed this week in the annual Chess Challenge at the Cleveland Public Library. It was the culmination of the Progress with Chess program, which Bowers helped bring to the District to teach students the rules of the game and give them the skills to compete in chess and be successful in life.


“We can use chess to teach lessons about the immediate consequences for your actions," Bowers said. "If you move a piece and lose a queen, you have to accept that it's your fault. We hope students can apply these ideas to real life."


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