Chess project

Dr. Jeff Bulington, chairman of the Franklin County Chess Education Project, recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Jackson. Dr. Bulington was hired in 2015 with funds from an anonymous donor to start the project.  He has said that he would put his students up against any other students anywhere, and he has successfully done just that, first in Starkville at the Mississippi state championships where his mostly elementary-school-aged students faced off against mainly high-school-aged students, and dominated them, winning five out of six divisions. They proved themselves capable again when they went to the national tournament where they placed in the top 10 in the country.  The U.S. Chess Foundation just designated Meadville Chess City of the Year.  The population of the entire county is less than 8,000.  Shown are (from left) Jill Beneke, club president; Dr. Bulington; and Richard Wilbourn III, who introduced the program.