Activity - Newcomer/ALUMNI

Activity Leader

Randy Schmidt (Newcomer)


“Chess is a recreational and competitive board game played between two players.  It is sometimes called Western or international chess to distinguish it from related games such as xiangqi.  The current form of the game emerged in Southern Europe during the second half of the 15th century after evolving from similar, much older games of Indian and Persian origin.  Today, chess is one of the world’s most popular games played by millions of people worldwide at home, in clubs, online, by correspondence and in tournaments.”

We have a social Chess activity.  It was established during the peak of Covid in 2020 so we have not had face-to-face games yet.  We play online with either Gameknot, social chess or Cowplay. Other options are acceptable too as there are many other online options.  Most offer a schedules for time to make a move from immediate to 5 days.  Most people play up to 3 days between moves.  This way you can play multiple games at once.  We have had four players in the 1200 - 1400 rating range.  With all the vaccines being given and herd immunity nearing we are ready for face-to-face matches.  I’d like to corral the players and schedule a time and place to play. I’ll schedule a call in early June or communicate via email to see what dates work best.  Given it is a one-on-one game we don’t necessarily need to get a group together for play.  I’d like to hear people’s thoughts on this.  I know five other local players who are not in the club we can compete against if we need to broaden the competition.

Most of us played the game in high school and not much since but are getting back into it and enjoying it.  Working your brain out keeps you sharp and delays onsite of memory related issues.  Give it a try, you will enjoy it.

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