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      USC student checkmates for charity

      Klaus Johnson spent his evening playing up to 12 games of chess at once.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Checkmate for charity; that was one University of South Carolina student's goal Wednesday.

      Klaus Johnson spent his evening playing up to 12 games of chess at once at the Richland County Library off St. Andrews Road. The third year law student said he is doing it to raise money for Harvest Hope Food Bank.

      Each challenger paid $5 to play Johnson, who has played chess all his life. In return, Johnson said he is matching each donation with $15, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to Harvest Hope.

      "People are doing something for Harvest Hope that they know," Johnson said. "I played a lot of chess before I came to law school. Harvest Hope is one of the best charities that I have seen. I believe 98 percent of what they take in goes out to needy families, which is good for any charity."

      Johnson hopes to make the event an annual tradition.