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Chess: More than just a game

Chico, Calif.--The game of chess may be just a past time for some, but for others, the game helps them build confidence and grow.

Posted: Mar. 14, 2018 10:21 PM
Updated: Mar. 14, 2018 11:17 PM

Chico, Calif.--The game of chess may be just a past time for some, but for others, the game helps them build confidence and grow.

On Wednesday more than 200 kids made their way to the Chico Junior High School gymnasium to take part in a championship chess tournament.

It was all part of the fourteenth annual tournament organized by the Sacramento Valley Scholarstic Chess League and it attracted students from all over the north state, including 11-year-old Landon Parks.

The clock begins to tick and fifth-grader Landon Parks is making his first move at the championship chess tournament Wednesday afteroon.

"It's been very positive, yes he has autism, just has given him something to be competitive with," said Jason Parks, Landon’s dad.

Landon's parents said he first learned about the game in third grade all thanks to a teacher.

"And from there mr. Obe said if you keep working, we'll work you onto the team. I took him about six months and he worked into the team," he said.

And since then Landon is making a name for himself.

At this championship, he received an award for being the most valuable player.

"It's amazing, it's a wonderful feeling, this is his second mvp in a row so we're just, we didn't know he was going to get it, we're just so excited and so proud of him," said his mom Elizabeth Parks.

They say life is like a game of chess, and for the parks family, one of the best moves Landon could've made.

"This is just another avenue to get that mind working in a different manner where they're not having to go through school work, it's not so tedious sometimes," said Parks.

With each start of the clock, players like Landon will keep making moves, regardless of winning or losing.

"It's a great individual sport and a great team sport, so I thik it's a wonderful place autistic or not, it's a great game," said Parks.

If you're interested in joining the Sacramento Valley Scholastic Chess League, visit their website www.svscl.org.

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