Boise, Idaho Falls students win state chess tournament

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JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Jerome High School played host to the Idaho State Scholastic Chess Tournament this weekend, with 101 students coming to play chess.

Students came from all over the gem state, for a chance to participate in a tournament of champions that will take place in August in Orlando.

The event was put on by the Idaho Chess Association, and featured kids from kindergarten, up to 12th grade.

Alise Pemsler a board member with the ICA explained to KMVT that the skills the students learn in chess, help them later on in life.

“Playing chess does help with your math scores, with your reading scores, it has a lot of benefits in other areas other than chess. so it's an excellent sport,” Pemsler explained.

In the end, a ninth grader from Idaho Falls won for the 9th-12th grade division, and a sixth grader from Boise took home top honors for the K-8th grade division.

• 1st place overall winner in the K-8 section is named Idaho’s representative to the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions
• 1st place overall winner in the 9-12 section is named Idaho’s representative to the Denker Tournament of High School Champions