T yler Carbonaro and Andrew Bloomfield are locked in a battle of the minds.
Where each bishop and every pawn is vital.
"It really challenges your brain and your mind to look at different situations with different responses in mind that you can take," says Carbonaro.
Dozens of students came out to Southside Academy in Syracuse to compete for trophies in the annual Onondaga County Chess Championship.
Like many playing, Andrew says the game of chess helps him in possibly the hardest game of all, life.
"It kinda, it stimulates the mind. Your mind is more free, so it takes your mind off a few other things like any stress you've had you can kind of release it out," says Bloomfield.
In Chess having a game plan is critical with players constantly thinking ahead several moves.
Tyler plays quarterback for Institute of Technology Central's football team in Syracuse. He started playing chess two years ago to help him with his planning out on the football field.
"It looked like how a football field plays out, so I thought it went hand in hand I thought," says Carbonaro.
Both agree that chess helps them in the classroom too.
"It really takes time, it makes you think about things and study your person and think ahead, so on tests and quizzes it shows that you need to prepare better," says Carbonaro.
"Your mental part of your life... It really helps you out with your education and everything," says Bloomfield.
This pair hopes tournaments like these will convince other schools to introduce chess clubs, so more students can reap the benefits of this game.