San Diego Union Tribune- High school Nationals

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San Diego Union Tribune- High school Nationals

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This generation of youth chess players got good faster than their predecessors thanks to computer programs, games and websites that make chess help more accessible than ever. On top of that, more schools are establishing chess programs, which experts say are in sync with the nation’s new Common Core academic standards that go into effect in most states in the fall.

“Chess is a natural fit with Common Core, which preaches going deep with knowledge and applying it,” said Jay Stallings, a member of the United Chess Federation’s Scholastic Committee. “With chess, you’re thinking five and seven moves deep.”

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