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A record number of Jackson Public Schools gifted students will compete Thursday in the Annual Open Doors Gifted Education Program Chess Tournament.

More than 190 students in grades three through six — the largest number to ever participate in the tournament — will face off from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the JSU e-Center on Raymond Road.

Registration will be 7:30 – 8 a.m. The first round starts at 8:30 a.m. Five one-hour rounds will be played. An awards ceremony will start around 2 p.m.

Chess is used in Open Doors classrooms throughout the school year to enhance and reinforce critical thinking skills, according to a news release from JPS.

The tournament coordinator is Kacy Hellings, Open Doors teacher at Davis Magnet Elementary.