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20 Tri-Cities schools take part in Frozen Knights Chess Tournament

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PASCO, WA - The Pasco School District hosted the ''Frozen Knights Chess Tournament" on Saturday. Students from more than 170 elementary schools around the Mid-Columbia came together for the tournament.

The event took place at Maya Angelou Elementary School in Pasco. Students from Othello and 20 different schools in Tri-Cities participated. The students who won three matches during the five rounds of competition qualify for the Washington state chess championships, which will take place in April of next year in Tacoma.

Chess coordinator Edith Lau said the tournament is more than just a competition.

"Its just a fun outlet for students to learn and play and every child finds success in their own way," Lau told KNDU. "It produces life skills, too not just how to play chess. Its how to be humble, how to a good sport ...Just a lot of life skills on top of chess, we just use chess as a vehicle.

Last year, Pasco sent 150 students to the state tournament, the largest contingency of any school district in the state. In 2018 the Tri- Cities will be hosting the state tournament.