BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - School districts held their first chess tournament of the year at Northeast High School today. Children from kindergarten to 12th grade piled in to attend.
The game is one of strategy used to sharpen the players' skills. Eighty players from schools in East Baton Rouge, Ascension Parish, Thibodaux, and Texas competed for trophies.
"It helps students focus; helps them with their math; helps them think critically and also helps with fostering positive behavior traits," said Janet Pace of the EBR Parish School System.
Organizers say there are 700 students in the EBR School System that play the game. McKinley High took first place in the tournament. Northeast High took second place.