KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local chess program is winning big and making a significant impact on its players. Charles Cooper is a social studies teacher at Allen Village. When he started in 1978, he noticed his students struggled with critical thinking skills. He decided to take up chess and he's been teaching it ever since. "A lot of times they go play students that are maybe in a higher bracket, then they beat them in a chess tournament. Aww, you just see them beaming," Cooper said. May 12, the K-8 players took first through fourth place at the Local Investment Commission chess tournament. The team won first place overall. An excerpt fromthe news feature. Click here for the full story at the Fox 41 website.