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Cook County inmates take on the world in chess

Aug 06, 2019 - Chicago Tribune

In the law library of the Cook County Jail, the chase was on. Detainee Emmanuel Garcia frantically moved his king around a virtual chessboard, losing one piece after another as his opponent closed in.

Just when it seemed all was lost, though, the timer hit zero, ending the game in a draw. A dozen other men dressed in tan jail scrubs applauded: The result helped the team of detainees defeat a band of Brazilian prisoners they were playing over the internet.

Garcia, though, thought he s...