Fun brain workout? Check. Meet Detective Cookie’s chess club.


There are plenty of good moves, and positive ones, at Detective Cookie’s Urban Youth Chess Club.

On Tuesday, more than 200 students from Seattle’s Van Asselt and South Shore elementary schools squared off for the 5-foot-tall tournament trophy.

The club, in its 11th year, started with only three participants.

Denise “Cookie” Bouldin, a Seattle police detective, says, “It’s a sport of the mind. It’s about having fun and because it helps with self-esteem.”

She says the players are a “rainbow of nationalities.”

Eleven-year-old Jordan Hurd, a fifth-grader at South Shore, has been playing for only a year, but says “chess helps me focus. It helps you learn to help others.”

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