Students learn about life during 16th annual chess camp at Lausanne

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis chess enthusiasts got to learn from the best chess players in the world at Lausanne Collegiate School's 16th annual international chess camp.

Grandmasters from around the world descended on Lausanne to teach aspiring chess players about the game.

In chess, size doesn't matter. From the youngest to the oldest, students at Lausanne's chess camps learned how to use logic to help them solve problems.

Joel Benjamin is a grandmaster, instructor, and 3-time U.S. champion. He was also a consultant for the IBM chess program, Deep Blue, which defeated Garik Kasparov, the strongest player in the world, in 1997.

Benjamin is using his experience to challenge the young players at Lausanne.

"They learn strategic thinking. They learn how to plan. They learn discipline," Benjamin said.

The week-long camp unites people of all cultures and backgrounds with a common interest.

Ben McCormick said it's all about sharpening his chess skills to compete in the real world.

A popular phrase in chess is "when you find a good move, look for a better one," and sometimes that phrase can be applied in life, too.

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