Children carefully studied their chess boards planning out their next moves during the summer chess camp at Tyler Junior College on Wednesday.
Ren Li, 7, of Tyler, was excited to spend the week at camp. Li has been playing chess for one year in the chess club at All Saints Episcopal School. “It helps make my mind stronger,” Li said.
Li played against first-time chess player Jameson Allen, 8, of Tyler. Jameson said he likes chess because it’s a challenging game. “Sometimes it makes me confused.”
Brett Doke, 10, of Tyler, said his favorite part of camp was learning new strategies such as laddering. “I didn’t know that before,” Brett said.
Instructor Shane McClain said the weeklong camp started off with learning chess tactics and strategies and ends with a two-day chess tournament. McClain also leads the Lindale Chess Club, a free club that meets on Mondays at 6 p.m. at Whataburger, 311 S. Main St., Lindale.