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My first assignment for The Wall Street Journal: A unique school for troubled kids in St. Louis that incorporates chess into the curriculum to teach new lessons and thinking.

Jeremy, 16, tries to make check-mate in two moves with some advice from his teacher Bill Thompson while playing chess in school at Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis, Mo. Thursday afternoon Sept. 23, 2010. A unique school for troubled kids in St. Louis has mandated chess as part of the curriculum. Juvenile Court Judge Jimmie Edwards - who created the school - said the game teaches the middle and high school students responsibility, patience and competitiveness without violence. Photo by Patrick T. Fallon for The Wall Street Journal CHESS
Jeremy, 16, tries to make check-mate in two moves with some advice from his teacher Bill Thompson while playing chess in school at Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis, Mo. Thursday afternoon Sept. 23, 2010. A unique school for troubled kids in St. Louis has mandated chess as part of the curriculum. Juvenile Court Judge Jimmie Edwards - who created the school - said the game teaches the middle and high school students responsibility, patience and competitiveness without violence. Photo by Patrick T. Fallon for The Wall Street Journal

Joann plays chess after school at Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis, Mo. Thursday afternoon Sept. 23, 2010.
Joann plays chess after school at Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis, Mo. Thursday afternoon Sept. 23, 2010. © Patrick T. Fallon for The Wall Street Journal
Marqwon works on chess problem in school at Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis, Mo. Thursday afternoon Sept. 23, 2010.
Marqwon works on chess problem in school at Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis, Mo. Thursday afternoon Sept. 23, 2010. © Patrick T. Fallon for The Wall Street Journal
Judge Jimmie Edwards laughs with students in the cafeteria in school at Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis, Mo. Thursday afternoon Sept. 23, 2010.
Judge Jimmie Edwards laughs with students in the cafeteria in school at Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis, Mo. Thursday afternoon Sept. 23, 2010. © Patrick T. Fallon for The Wall Street Journal
Joann, center, watches classmates Jose, left, and Jesus, right, play chess in school at Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis, Mo. Thursday afternoon Sept. 23, 2010. © Patrick T. Fallon for The Wall Street Journal
Beatrice, right, celebrates after finding the solution while Jeremy, 16, tries to make check-mate in two moves with some advice from his teacher Bill Thompson, center, while playing chess in school at Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis, Mo. Thursday afternoon Sept. 23, 2010.
Beatrice, right, celebrates after finding the solution while Jeremy, 16, tries to make check-mate in two moves with some advice from his teacher Bill Thompson, center, while playing chess in school at Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis, Mo. Thursday afternoon Sept. 23, 2010. © Patrick T. Fallon for The Wall Street Journal
Brandi, right, laughs while playing chess after school at Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis, Mo. Thursday afternoon Sept. 23, 2010. © Patrick T. Fallon for The Wall Street Journal
Jeremy, 16, works on a chess problem with a classmates Jesus and Jose, while playing chess in school at Innovative Concept Academy in St. Louis, Mo. Thursday afternoon Sept. 23, 2010. © Patrick T. Fallon for The Wall Street Journal

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