Eagles players and students square off in chess tournament

Arlen Roberts, 14, plays chess against Eagles defensive end Ronnie Cameron at the 10th Annual Eagles Chess Tournament. Charles Mostoller/Metro
Arlen Roberts, 14, plays chess against Eagles defensive end Ronnie Cameron at the 10th Annual Eagles Chess Tournament. Charles Mostoller/Metro

Eagles players Ronnie Cameron and Phillip Hunt joined 230 young chess players from ASAP’s Philadelphia Youth Chess Challenge today at Lincoln Financial Field.

The students participated in four rounds of competition and an awards ceremony was held in the Eagles’ locker room.

Arlen Roberts, 14, who is in eighth grade at the Overbrook Educational Center, played Eagles linebacker Hunt. Arlen won.

Arlen said it was fun playing with athletes.

“It was a great experience,” he said. “I wasn’t sure I would win, but I knew it would be a great game.”

Arlen came in first place in his age group.

“Chess helps with my schoolwork,” he said, “since you have to think so much in chess.”

Additional reporting by Charles Mostoller.
Eagles Linebacker Mychal Kendricks plays chess against Mishell Osorio-Guitierrez a fourth-grader at Isaac Sheppard Elementary School at the 10th Annual Eagles Chess Tournament. Charles Mostoller/Metro
Eagles Linebacker Mychal Kendricks plays chess against Mishell Osorio-Guitierrez a fourth-grader at Isaac Sheppard Elementary School at the 10th Annual Eagles Chess Tournament. Charles Mostoller/Metro

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