How one man is using chess to teach kids vital life lessons

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News)- Former Alabama State Trooper and U.S. Air Force veteran Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson is on a nation-wide mission to change young lives using the game of chess to teach vital life lessons and he is coming to Salt Lake City for his next move.

According to the Georgia-based chess champion, his Be Someone Inc. organization, which he founded 17 years ago, changes young lives “using chess boards not fists and guns.”

Hudson joined ABC4 News in studio Thursday to discuss an upcoming event.

Thursday, Nov. 1st,  he will be telling audiences at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco (15 W. 200 South)  an important message: “Brains before  bullets; Think it out, don’t shoot it out; Gert your head up, pants up, grades up, and, most importantly, don’t ever give up.” 

Hudson will also be participating in “The Powerful Experience” conference at the Salt Lake Palace, November 2-3.  “When I visit a city for whatever reason,” he explained, “I almost always take the opportunity to offer a free training session.  What I teach is bedrock common sense, attention-getting, and results proven.“

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