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rpg37
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Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county
via 60 Minutes -- CBS

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Grade-school chess teams from Franklin County, Mississippi, blow past stereotypes about who can play chess and win national recognition


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Chess has been around for 1,500 years but until a couple of summers ago the ancient game was still mostly a mystery to the folks of rural Franklin County, Mississippi. Few had ever played chess before, many confused it with checkers. A chess board was as out of place in the county as a skyscraper, but that all changed when a tall stranger arrived from Memphis to bring chess to the country with a belief that the game could transform a community. He was initially met with bewilderment. Who was this six-foot-six outsider and why would anyone come to Franklin County to teach chess? Less than two years later, a chess boom is underway in the unlikeliest of places.


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“All the statistics, everything you look at, Mississippi is the poorest. It’s the dumbest. It’s the fattest. We know that the rest of the nation has that conception of us.”


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“All the statistics, everything you look at, Mississippi is the poorest. It’s the dumbest. It’s the fattest. We know that the rest of the nation has that conception of us.”
If all the stats point that out, it's not a "conception," it's a fact.


GoHoGsGo06
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re: Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county
Chess is the best. I play everyday to keep the mind sharp.


Chuker
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re: Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county
I was in Franklin Co last Thurs. I didn't see any "chess craze". In fact, I didn't see a single person playing chess.






FootballNostradamus
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re: Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county
I always did really well in school, but I've always known at heart that I'm an idiot because of how much I suck at chess.

I am just awful at that game.


McLemore
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re: Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county
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I am just awful at that game.


I've never given it a chance but I've been whipped by teenagers before (when I was no longer one), so I'm thinking it may be a losing battle. I think if I could unlock that part of my brain I may become evil.


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KyleOrtonsMustache
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re: Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county
I love chess. I played tournaments for a while but I don't even think I'm rated anymore. It's the best way to teach critical thinking imo. The only problem is the better you get the less people there are to play because people usually quit while they're a novice. It takes work and plenty of games played to be even average. But once you start to grasp the strategy and learn different openings and defenses it can get really fun and challenging.


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Tigahs2007
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re: Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county
You didn't look very hard then. It's something they are very proud of.


Chuker
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re: Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county
Yeah I actually just watched the piece. Pretty cool. Any means for the children to get out of that downtrodden way of living is great thing for everybody.






Oh, and Dr B slayed that reporter fo sho.






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TSLG
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re: Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county
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“All the statistics, everything you look at, Mississippi is the poorest. It’s the dumbest. It’s the fattest. We know that the rest of the nation has that conception of us.”
If all the stats point that out, it's not a "conception," it's a fact.


Why are people down voting Scruffy? Scruffy said something that is true. If the stats say that Mississippi is the poorest, fattest, dumbest, and sluttiest state in the country, then it is a fact.

Ok, that last one is only supported by TSLG's statistics of the ease of kitty slaying in Mississippi, but I think Scruffy would agree with this message nonetheless.


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member12
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re: Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county
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Chess is the best. I play everyday to keep the mind sharp.


Every day? How old are you?

I played by mail with my dad for a while. He still either beat me or let me win. I suck at it.


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WestCoastAg
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re: Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county
Watched the piece last night and it was nice to see kids in such a depressing place have some hope for their future

They were sooooo country


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IceTiger
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re: Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county
We need to get these kids on the plastic crack of 40k and warmahordes...

Chess is too simple


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Master of Sinanju
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re: Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county
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Why are people down voting Scruffy? Scruffy said something that is true. If the stats say that Mississippi is the poorest, fattest, dumbest, and sluttiest state in the country, then it is a fact.

People are down voting because those same stats say LA is right behind them.


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I B Freeman
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re: Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county
I can play chess but much prefer checkers.

Checkers were very popular in the South and in Mississippi years ago. Dominos too.

I have seen very good chess players that couldn't beat good checker players in checkers.

Dominos is a great game to develop math skills.

When I was a kid almost every little rural town had a "domino parlor" or at least a store where dominos and checkers were played almost all day. I remember my grandfather playing at the cotton gin while waiting on his cotton to be ginned.

"Checker Hall of Fame" used to based in Petal, MS. LINK
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Peazey
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re: Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county
Chess takes dedicated study to even have a baseline competence. No one who just plays a game here and there is actually any good.


Peazey
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re: Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county
There's a Russian GM, Ivanchuk, who apparently took time off from chess to study checkers. He is a little eccentric. Checkers is apparently much less complex than chess, but they both are still far too complex for a human mind to ever begin to balance all of the possibilities and choices.
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re: Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county
Me too, chess is simply the best. For some reason, in America it is actually looked down upon. In Russia, it is a National pastime....

Also, I don't know if it is all the wisdom and experience that I have gained in life....

but I am so fricking smart now, smarter than I have ever been. Brain is sharper and faster than ever.

And not to brag, (well frick, it is truly hard not too) but I have always been faster and smarter than everyone -(there I go embellishing again, I am actually only smarter than about 99.5% percent of the world - which amazingly means there are approx 35 million people smarter than me in this world --- hard to fricking believe... Seriously, holy fricking shite that just rocked my world. Perhaps I am being too generous with the .5% estimate.)

I digress. Now, dealing with the "general populace" has gotten so bad , normal people just annoy the ever living shite out of me. Why are you people so fricking slow?

Point - your brain is a muscle. Chess is like going to the gym.

Something tells me chess players stay sharper for longer than the typical man.....

of course, typically only intelligent people are interested in chess to begin with...


lagniappe09
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re: Chess instills new dreams in kids from rural Mississippi county
Good story yesterday on 60 minutes.


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