The changing face of chess

By Julianne Peixoto

April 6, 2014 Updated Apr 6, 2014 at 6:03 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) While chess continues to gain popularity online, some people still prefer the "old-fashioned" face-to-face game play.

The fifth annual Broome County Chess Tournament was held over the weekend in Binghamton, where chess enthusiasts enjoyed some friendly competition.

Despite the lack of in-person game play in the area, organizer of the tournament John Cordisco said chess is still the most popular game in the world.

"There's millions and millions and millions [of players] around the world due to the internet," said Cordisco. "The internet now has thousands of websites, and there's more people playing than probably ever before, but for sit-down tournaments like this, it's hurt the numbers a little bit because people can play online."

The youngest player in the tournament was Raymond Wong, 11, from Ithaca.

Although he isn't ranked, his competitors praised him as being one of the best players in the area, and a player to watch in the coming years.

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