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Prince George's County Department of Corrections Holds Chess Tournament
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The Prince George’s County Department of Corrections held a chess tournament for juvenile offenders last week as part of teaching them how to manage anger, think and plan ahead.

“This program has had a calming effect in the unit and it has improved their grades,” said Tournament Creator Matthew Winston.  “It has taught them that if they make mistakes, there are consequences and they are learning to be more complimentary of each other.”

Winston is a Board of Education employee who also teaches math to the juvenile offenders and the chess tournament is part of his teaching method.  Every youth incarcerated at the facility is required to learn chess.

“Conflicts among the group are fewer now than before and all of them are learning about concentration and patience,” Winston said.

Winston started the program in 2006 and held three one-day tournaments a year through 2008.  The program was briefly halted in 2009 and last week’s tournament marked the first of 2010.  Participants in the program also learn the history of the game of chess and the importance and relevance of each piece on the board.

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