Families: Check Mates

Get on board for the latest craze: kids are rediscovering the age-old game of chess

With a flick of the wrist, your deadly enemy is demolished and you're in an indisputable position of power. But wait! Your opponent counterstrikes--and the chase is on again.

The latest computer game? Nope. The hot game of the moment is... chess.

While the game is not new, its popularity certainly is. What was once a nerd game is now played by kids from the inner city to outermost suburbia. The U.S. Chess Federation counted 31,167 members age 14 and under in 2000, up from 3,266 members in 1990. So why is chess on the rise?

In some areas, school administrators...

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