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Liliana Henning, 10, ponders her move in the first round of the Waypoint Foundation Scholastic Chess Tournament Saturday. She just learned the game about a month ago, her mother said.

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Thinking ahead
February 8, 2023 1:30 a.m.

Thinking ahead

Chess players face off in Ephrata

EPHRATA — Chess isn’t something most people think of as a spectator sport, but in Ephrata on Saturday, it was the center of attention as about 100 children, encouraged by parents and teachers, gathered at Parkway Elementary School to show their checkmate chops. “Chess is a real thinker's game,” said Roger Pugh of the Waypoint Foundation in Ephrata, which sponsors the annual tournament. “You’ve got to think ahead. You’ve got to think before you move, and if not, you're gonna pay some consequences. And we hope they can use that same lesson in life.” ...