Killip Elementary third graders Alexa Cardenas (left) and Luis Gonzalez (right) are preparing for the chess SuperNationals. Laurel Morales/Fronteras hide caption

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The Idea Was To Keep Kids Safe After School. Now They're Chess Champions

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Hou Yifan of China stands beside a scoreboard following her win in a "blinfold" chess tournament at the Beijing 2012 World Mind Games in Beijing. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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World chess champion Magnes Carlsen (right) won't play his computer or play the game like a computer. Instead, he chooses his strategy based on what he knows about his opponent. Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for World Chess by Agon Limited hide caption

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20 Years Later, Humans Still No Match For Computers On The Chessboard

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Children make their moves at the Katwe Chess Academy, located in a slum in Kampala, Uganda. The Academy is where Phiona Mutesi, whose story is the basis for the movie Queen of Katwe, learned to play. Martina Bacigalupo for NPR hide caption

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Maurice Ashley, a chess grandmaster and the first African-American to hold that title, talks with his son, Jayden. Carolyn Cole/LA Times/Getty Images hide caption

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Chess players score a game at the facility. Keith O'Brien for NPR hide caption

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Chess Wars: 20 Inmates, 5 Weeks, 1 Champion

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Norway's Magnus Carlsen smiles at a news conference after clinching the FIDE World Chess Championship Friday in Chennai, India, on Friday. Babu/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Norway's Magnus Carlsen Is New Chess World Champion

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Webster University chess coach Susan Polgar, second from left, won two national titles at Texas Tech. When Webster hired Polgar last year, the entire Tech team followed her to St. Louis. Alan Greenblatt/NPR hide caption

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