By Marcy Norton

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was a morning of “rooks” and “pawns” as students at a North Philadelphia elementary school challenged police officers from the 22nd district to a chess tournament.

The event was part of a new outreach program started by the Irish Pub Childrens’ Foundation.

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Members of the St. Marin de Porres chess club hunched over chess boards, deep in thought as they tried to defeat their police officer opponents.

(credit: Marcy Norton/KYW)

(credit: Marcy Norton/KYW)

Eleven-year-old 6th grader, Joelle, felt good about his win.

“I never beat someone at how I beat him before, cause it was kind of like a challenge.”

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In addition to boosting kids’ confidence, Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan says the program boosts trust.

“By having positive interactions here, in a chess match, will someday, I have no doubt, lead to positive interactions between these officers and these children in their own neighborhoods.”

He says it’s also a way for the mostly rookie cops to get to know the people they’re serving. Officer Roger McFadden says these kids are no pushovers.

“I try my best. Sometimes I win, sometimes I don’t.”

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