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Chess tournament welcomes serious, casual players

The Chess Players of Augusta held a tournament at the Columbia County Library on Saturday.
Danson makes inspirational move to 'South Bronx'

LOS ANGELES - "Knights of the South Bronx," an A&E movie premiering Dec. 6 (8 p.m.), is based on a true-life tale about how a teacher uses chess to inspire inner-city kids.
Five questions with David Whatley

David Whatley is the secretary for the Aiken County Chess Club.
Chess players struggle with idea of drug tests in push to join Olympics

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- If the world's leading chess federation gets its way, the game will be included in the Olympics - as long as the competitors agree to the drug tests. The Federation Internationale des Echecs, the organization leading the push, has already begun testing for substances banned at the Olympics in an effort to boost its credentials. That has rankled some players who call drug-testing in chess a logistical headache and a logical absurdity.
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Chess whiz

While most children his age are playing with Power Rangers or Barbie dolls, 4-year-old Daniel Brachey plots to capture enemy kings. Although not yet enrolled in school, Daniel is a member of North Columbia Elementary School's chess team, and helped his team recently bring home a sixth place trophy from a national tournament in Tennessee involving 4,000 players. "He's amazing. I'm fairly certain he was the youngest player at Nationals," said North Columbia chess coach Wayne Warner.
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