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CELLMATE CHECKMATE:
CHESS AT THE COOK COUNTY JAIL

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Monday, April 2, 2012 —A new program was implemented into Division 11 of the Cook County Jail to help teach detainees some important things such as taking responsibility, patience, problem solving and learning from past mistakes, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Monday, April 2nd.

This morning, Sheriff Dart met with Dr. Mikhail Korenman, a chess philanthropist who approached Sheriff Dart earlier this year with the idea of introducing chess to the jail.  Joining them was world-renowned chess player Anatoly Karpov.
All three gentlemen were present at the unveiling of this new program at the jail Monday.  Competitive chess will be implemented into the Day Room of Division 11, a medium security Division of the Cook County Jail. 

“We see it day-in and day-out that people want instant gratification and that often individuals do not think before they act. Thoughtless actions will hurt you while playing chess and hurt you more on the street. Chess teaches people patience and to think before they act”, said Sheriff Dart. 

Dr. Korenman, a member of the United States Chess Federation Scholastic Council, is a high school science teacher in Chicago with 23 years of experience in teaching high school and college students. His background in chess is an extensive one that includes founding the Karpov School of Chess which was the first chess school in the country. He assists the Scholastic Council in designing the Chess Certification Program and organizing several chess events and tournaments across the globe. Dr. Korenman also initiated the Chess for Peace program which is designed to promote peace throughout the world by bringing secondary students from different countries together to learn how to play chess and establish lasting friendships.

Anatoly Karpov is a world-renowned Russian chess player.  Karpov is known all over the world for his extraordinary chess skills and his background in the game.  He was the official world chess champion from 1975 – 1985 and again from 1993 – 1999.  He is the second longest running world chess champion of all time. For many years he has also been involved in several humanitarian efforts across the world.

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