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Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:11 pm

Clubs: Chess Club

Time: Wed. 2:10 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Place: Media Center
Sponsor: Lisa Hack
President: Ben Simon
Though many students pass time gaming away on their computers, some Blazers prefer a more old-fashioned recreation that tests their mental capabilities. For these Blazers, the answer is chess.

Students in the chess club meet Wednesdays after school in the back of the media center. Media specialist Lisa Hack sponsors the club, but says the students really run it. "It is completely student-driven," she says. "I have a very little hand in it. I give them all the freedom to play how they want."

Members of the Chess Club get together simply to play each other. "It's a pretty low-profile club," club president Ben Simon says. "It's really just a few people hanging out and playing chess. It's a really chill environment."

While the club does not really focus on techniques and strategies, students of all skill levels are welcome to join and play. "Just show up if you like to play chess," Simon says.

But those students who doubt their chess skills should not worry because many people in the club are on the same level, according to freshman member James Pinkerton. "People who are really good go to tournaments on their own and don't want to join our club," Pinkerton says. "We are just a bunch of kids playing, there is no pressure to be really good at the game."

The club is not formally a team, but in the future, Pinkerton hopes to organize a small group that would compete locally. "There are a bunch of tournaments in this area," Pinkerton says. "It would be great if we as a club could go to one of these tournaments just to have fun and face new competition."

The club's relaxed, "just play" attitude of the club invites people looking for a good game of chess or just a place to hang out and meet new people.

Students interested in joining Chess Club can either contact senior Ben Simon or attend a meeting.

Club beat by Anshul Sood