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There were about 90 kids participating in the tournament at Wood Elementary School.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Though focused during the matches, most of the players were relaxed and enjoyed chatting with their opponent in the downtime.Students from across the community competed in the Chess for Success Region 5 Tournament Saturday afternoon, Feb. 10, at Wood Elementary School.

Parents and coaches were on hand to cheer for the children during the formal tournament.

There were 45 boards set up, snacks for the players and trophies for the winners.

Those who performed well during the tournament earned invites to the 51st Chess for Success State Chess Tournament, which will run from March 9 to 10 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Chess for Success is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It's a nonprofit organization that works to help children succeed in school and life through learning chess.

The organization runs clubs in more than 78 schools across Oregon and Southwest Washington, serving more than 2,000 students.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Sportsmanship was an important aspect of the Chess for Success tournament Saturday afternoon, Feb. 10, at Wood Elementary School.

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