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Dayton's Ed Long Honored by Local Chess Tournament

Dayton Independent Schools faculty member Ed Long will be honored at the annual Queen City Classic chess tournament with its Shining Knight Award.

The tournament has grown from 300 participants to over 600 from all over the midwest and is designed to increase chess participation among all children by popularizing the game.

According to the Dayton school district, Long has been a longtime advocate for the game of chess in the region and started a program that teaches all second and third grade students how to play. He also started after-school chess clubs for the middle and high schools.

The tournament is executed and presented by the Cris Collinsworth Proscan Fund and is sponsored by the Cincinnati Bengals. According to its website, the Queen City Classic raises the intellectual bar for children as hundreds of youth from every neighborhood in the region spend two days together competing, learning, and having fun.

Through the generosity of the Cincinnati community, Cris Collinsworth Proscan Fund is able to reach beyond the tournament through providing chess education in schools and after-school programs in some of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky's most impoverished neighborhoods.

From Dayton Independent Schools