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updated: 5/14/2013 5:05 PM

Inmates in Chicago, Russia to play online chess

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Associated Press

Inmates in the Cook County jail are readying for an online chess match against inmates in Russia.

The Cook County sheriff's office says the games will be played Wednesday morning. The Illinois inmates will compete against inmates from the Russian Federal Prison Service. Cook County officials say the chess matches will last about an hour.

Cook County officials say this is the first time inmates from the U.S. and Russia will participate in such an event.

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