Annual chess tournament challenges District 150 students

By Paul Strater

April 28, 2012 Updated Apr 28, 2012 at 9:40 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Dozens of District 150 students put their brains into high gear Saturday morning.

The annual district chess tournament kicked off at early today at Washington Gifted School.

It is open to any District 150 student in grades K through 8.

Many students who have participated in this tournament have gone on to state championship tournaments.

The competition's organizer says chess teaches so much more than a board game.

"The critical thinking aspects of chess are so important to what we do in every day in our lives. And to be able to critically think and analyze and realize that there's consequences for your actions in a game like chess, it emulates everything that happens in your real life,:" said Bryan Devine, the tournament organizer

More than 100 student took part in today's tournament.