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Over 300 students to compete at ChessFest

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Over 300 students from 11 participating schools will gather for the second annual ChessFest. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 17 at the Oglethorpe Mall.

"Meeting hundreds of elementary-aged players from other schools demonstrates powerfully to students that the game they love is something they share with a large community of players," said Jaime McGrath, Gifted Specialist at Gould Elementary School and coordinator of the event, in a press release. "Teachers love chess because it teaches the problem-solving skills essential to success in everything from math to the arts. A bevy of academic research supports the use of chess in developing students who can think both creatively and logically."

Students should be able to play at least four games of chess during the two hours of game time. Students have been matched up by grade level, with advanced players playing up a grade or two.

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