Chess in Prison Featured on MPBN News

02.17.16 The Maine Public Broadcasting Network, the National Public Radio affiliate in Maine, recently aired a piece documenting a long-running chess class and chess tournament at a correctional facility in Berlin, NH. Albert French, a postal employee and USCF Class A player, has been volunteering at the prison to bring chess to the inmates incarcerated there. The prison's director of programs, Sue Young, sees the value in making chess available for inmates who stay discipline free.

Chess players write their moves during a game at the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility.
image Keith O'Brien, NPR

Click >>here<< to read and listen to the NPR story Chess Wars: 20 Inmates, 5 Weeks, 1 Champion.


In case it's any help to the chess in prison program, here are two of my chess poems:

pieces dance
in changing patterns;
drama, intrigue and mystery
for those who know

Good chess players
can their clarity
at the board
pierce life's fogs
away from it?
they wonder also

Mr. Frymer, have you contacted Ms. Young directly?

I've offered free bulk mailing of chess magazines to Maine prisons, but have been ignored.
I am prison chess coord. for mass. chess ass'n, and have mailed 8950 chess mags nationwide.

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