Topeka Public Schools held its first chess tournament Thursday at the district’s administrative building.

Students from Randolph, Quincy, and McClure elementary schools participated.

Teachers and staff members at the three schools put the teams together, and say the kids are having a great time improving their game.

Leslie Carr, chess coach, says the kids aren’t the only ones improving. 

“We just really enjoyed seeing the kids compete against each other and think through moves,” Carr said. “How to win a game, how to close a game. And of course, we’re learning, too. None of us are chess masters so we are all learning together.”

Carr also mentioned that learning and playing chess can help young kids focus better.