MEDIA ADVISORY, March 31 /Christian Newswire/ — There are few words six year old William Cooper, Jr. likes more than the two he uttered seven times at the State of Texas Elementary Chess Championship: check mate. “I was surprised,” said Cooper, a resident of Texas. “It was very scary for several of my games.” Scary, for the first grader who is studying pre-algebra math, meant he made several moves during his games that he immediately realized were mistakes. But he was able to overcome them to take first place at the tournament, a repeat of his finish at the 2007 tournament were he tied for first place.
“My dad was praying for me every time I was playing one of the games which could last one to two hours each over a two day tournament weekend. If I was in a difficult situation, I would stop to think knowing because of the prayer God would give me wisdom”, stated Cooper. William has learned many life lessons from playing chess over the past year. “Chess has taught me about prayer, practice, patience and making friends. Making friends from different parts of the state and country has been a lot of fun.”
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