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Ashadu Ball, 9, left, laughs after losing a game to chess coach Douglas Thigpen, during the Learners Chess Academy after-school club session at Alvarado Elementary School. First-grader Belle Hughson, 6, smiles as she watches them. Hughson said she loves chess because it’s entertaining, helps calm her and helps her get “smarter.” (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)