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La Crosse students play chess with students from Dubna, Russia

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Area school students took part in an international competition in La Crosse Saturday morning.

The La Crosse Dubna Druzhba Chess Club held matches between students from Logan High School and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and students from the Dubna University and Dubna high schools.

Dubna, Russia is one of La Crosse's sister cities.

After comments from La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat and Mayor Kulikov of Dubna, the students used Zoom rooms to meet for chess matches.

Logan student William Coffey and Daria Richardson from UW-La Crosse are student liasions for the project which was organized through the La Crosse Dubna Friendship Association (LDFA).

Andrew Elliott, the project's co-leader said he sees the value of the chess club partnership “as a way for college and high school students from both cities to build relationships during these challenging times.”

The chess club is planning monthly meetings throughout the summer months.

Besides chess, students have the opportunity to learn more about each other's language and culture.

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