chess club – Tromso Sjakklubb http://tromsosjakklubb.com/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 21:42:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icon-16.png chess club – Tromso Sjakklubb http://tromsosjakklubb.com/ 32 32 Hayden High Good Kids Are Terrific Championship Chess Players https://tromsosjakklubb.com/hayden-high-good-kids-are-terrific-championship-chess-players/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 21:42:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/hayden-high-good-kids-are-terrific-championship-chess-players/ TOPEKA (WIBW) — Matthew Samich and Ethan Rochford, two freshmen at Hayden High, love chess. About four years ago the school had a very strong chess team, then it fell apart because Hayden just didn’t have enough students interested in joining the chess club. These two young men are trying to interest more students. Matthew […]]]>

TOPEKA (WIBW) — Matthew Samich and Ethan Rochford, two freshmen at Hayden High, love chess. About four years ago the school had a very strong chess team, then it fell apart because Hayden just didn’t have enough students interested in joining the chess club. These two young men are trying to interest more students. Matthew has competed at very high levels and will play nationally.

Ethan started playing chess in 5th grade at Christ The King Catholic School. He hadn’t really played chess much in the past two years due to tournaments being canceled due to Covid, and no one can really play him at home! Over the past few months, Ethan (the player wearing the glasses) has been playing a lot online and was able to participate in three tournaments recently. This qualified him to go to State in Emporia, where now his rating has really improved recently after getting a few tournaments under his belt. He’s really looking forward to improving his grade even further, and our Good Kids are hoping to put together a chess team at Hayden High.

Matthew’s fatjer taught him the game when he was just a kindergartener and in first grade! Matthew started playing tournaments around 2nd and 3rd grade. He said his most exciting moment was making his best shots in the national tournament in Nashville – and placed 51st in Grade 7. One of Matthew’s proudest moments was last week when he won the Chanute Tournament and had to beat one of the best players in the state. Another proud moment took place two years ago when he was in grade 7 and he moved up to high school and won the high school tournament! The Kansas State Championship was held at Emporia this month, where he was looking forward to playing against some of the state Grandmasters.

Ethan also participated in the State Chess Tournament at Emporia State. He took 16th place out of 124 kids with 4 points. It was a tough competition, everyone he played against was ranked higher than him. There were 124 children in the K-12 section. Matthew placed 5th and Ethan placed 16th. They did fantastic. Matthew had 5 points and Ethan had 4 points. Congratulations to this week’s Good Kids and to the amazing young chess players, Matthew Samich and Ethan Rochford!

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Local Chess Club Relaunches Group, Plans Multi-State Tournament | Local News https://tromsosjakklubb.com/local-chess-club-relaunches-group-plans-multi-state-tournament-local-news/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 17:15:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/local-chess-club-relaunches-group-plans-multi-state-tournament-local-news/ SHERIDAN – A group of men sit around chessboards in the Golden Room at the Sheridan County YMCA. Regularly, the men move pawns in place and discuss everything under the sun. Over the course of a few conversations, this small group of chess enthusiasts decided to increase their impact on the community by restarting a […]]]>

SHERIDAN – A group of men sit around chessboards in the Golden Room at the Sheridan County YMCA. Regularly, the men move pawns in place and discuss everything under the sun.

Over the course of a few conversations, this small group of chess enthusiasts decided to increase their impact on the community by restarting a well-known chess group.

The youth and adult group met at the YMCA before COVID-19 hit, but disbanded due to pandemic concerns. Now the group is officially run by the Sheridan Chess Association, which is affiliated with the American Chess Federation.

“It’s a chance to get the kids involved,” said Larry Mooney.

A group of about 20 young people and adults sat around tables of four – two sets of chess each – while munching on dinner sponsored by Powder River Pizza in the Sheridan KidsLife building on Thursday night. Several students paired up with someone their own age, while younger customers paired up with long-time chess fanatics. The adults faced off and discussed strategy throughout the evening.

Before heading out for the night, Dan Casey led a group lesson on certain elements of the game, providing an educational component beyond just collecting soft skills.

The Sheridan Chess Association restarted as the Sheridan Chess Club in September 2021 and has yet to regain its pre-pandemic attendance count of approximately 150. As a non-profit organization, the club’s former founders hope to restore the love of the game and the participation of young people. to the adult.

To help build excitement, the nonprofit will host its first-ever multi-state tournament at Sheridan College on April 30 and May 1.

The Sheridan Wyoming Open Chess Tournament is a ranked event in American Chess and already includes 22 players with a capacity of up to 100 or 120 individual players.

The first place winner receives a $1,600 purse, followed by $800 for second place, $400 for third, $200 for fourth, and $100 for fifth in Division 1, which is the open division . Chess players with a rating below 1600 or not rated by US Chess will receive $400 for first place, $200 for second, $100 for third, $50 for fourth, and $25 for fifth.

Pre-registration costs $35, while day of registration costs $45. Pre-registration closes April 15.

Saturday rounds start at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday rounds start at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., or one after the other. Membership in the US Chess Foundation is required to participate in the event.

The highest-rated registrant is Alexander Fishbein, an American chess player with a FIDE Grandmaster title – International Chess Federation or World Chess Federation.

People from Missouri, Tennessee, Colorado, Idaho and South Dakota told organizers they plan to attend.

Participation is free and children will receive a pizza at each gathering. Registration is also available at the YMCA or KidsLife.

Ashleigh Snoozy joined The Sheridan Press in October 2016 as a reporter before taking on the role of editor in November 2018. She is originally from Colorado and graduated from Biola University in Los Angeles.

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Checkmate! National Chess Tournament moves to Collingwood https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-national-chess-tournament-moves-to-collingwood/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 14:30:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/checkmate-national-chess-tournament-moves-to-collingwood/ New tournament in Collingwood on May 7 and 8; organizer hoping to attract national grandmasters Playing chess can be good for the mind, but if you’re good at it, it can also be good for the wallet. The Canadian Chess Federation will hold its first chess tournament in Collingwood on May 7-8 at the Living […]]]>

New tournament in Collingwood on May 7 and 8; organizer hoping to attract national grandmasters

Playing chess can be good for the mind, but if you’re good at it, it can also be good for the wallet.

The Canadian Chess Federation will hold its first chess tournament in Collingwood on May 7-8 at the Living Stone Resort. Brought to town by organizer and Collingwood resident Milan Somborac, this year’s event is set to become an annual tournament, bringing competitors to Collingwood from across Canada.

Somborac was born in Belgrade, Serbia. He remembers that in Belgrade, chess is to people what hockey is to Canadians.

“They erect statues to chess champions,” he said. “It’s part of the culture there.”

Somborac says he’s noticed over the years that chess culture isn’t as big in Canada, which has led him to do what he can to start a local tournament. In the past, he says he taught a chess class at Georgian College, which led to the formation of a local chess club.

“Collingwood is a very attractive community. It has a high recognition factor for a community of its size. Everyone has heard of Collingwood,” he said. “If we hold this as an annual festival, it will be another Collingwood attraction.”

The Canadian Chess Federation (CFE), founded in 1872, is a registered non-profit organization whose mandate is to promote and encourage the knowledge, study and play of chess. Celebrating 150 years in 2022, it is the national governing body for chess in Canada.

This year, Somborac invested $3,000 of its own funds as prize money for the Collingwood tournament ($1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second and $500 for third), which hopefully he, will bring forth masters and grandmasters this year and in the years to come.

He is also looking for sponsors to help fund the event over time.

“I would like to create something that will continue,” he said.

Membership in the Canadian Chess Federation is required for all participants and can be purchased upon registration.

More information on all CFC events can be viewed here.

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Arthur Feuerstein, chess player with a comeback game, dies at 86 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/arthur-feuerstein-chess-player-with-a-comeback-game-dies-at-86/ Tue, 22 Feb 2022 19:22:43 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/arthur-feuerstein-chess-player-with-a-comeback-game-dies-at-86/ Arthur William Feuerstein was born on December 20, 1935 in the Bronx. He was the third child of Benjamin and Sidonie (Abraham) Feuerstein, who immigrated from Hungary in 1919 and owned and ran a small grocery store. It was out of a desire to be closer to his brother, Harry, who was 16 years older, […]]]>

Arthur William Feuerstein was born on December 20, 1935 in the Bronx. He was the third child of Benjamin and Sidonie (Abraham) Feuerstein, who immigrated from Hungary in 1919 and owned and ran a small grocery store.

It was out of a desire to be closer to his brother, Harry, who was 16 years older, that Mr. Feuerstein learned chess at the age of 14; he had seen his brother playing with friends.

He became enthralled with the game. He soon organized a chess club at William Howard Taft High School in the Bronx and began challenging other schools to matches. After graduating in 1953, he went to Baruch College in Manhattan, where he earned a business degree. All this time he participated in local tournaments.

It was a golden age for the game in the United States, particularly in New York, which fostered a generation of future stars. Among them were William Lombardy, who won the World Junior Championship in 1957 with the only perfect score in tournament history; the Byrne brothers, one of whom, Robert, later became a World Championship contender and The New York Times chess columnist; and Bobby Fischer, the most prodigious talent of all.

Mr. Feuerstein might have been lost or overwhelmed in such company, but he held on.

At the 1956 United States Junior Championship, he took third place, behind Mr. Fischer. He then edged out Mr. Fischer for the United States Junior Blitz Championship, in which each player was given five minutes for the entire match.

The third Rosenwald tournament, played in October 1956 at the Manhattan Chess Club, is generally remembered because of Mr. Fischer’s remarkable victory over Donald Byrne, Robert’s younger brother. But Mr Fischer finished tied for eighth, while Mr Feuerstein was third – just behind Arthur Bisguier, another New York prodigy, who had won the United States Championship two years earlier.

Then, in the 1957-58 championship, Mr. Feuerstein finished tied for sixth with Arnold Denker, a former champion, and Edmar Mednis, a future grandmaster. Mr. Fischer, then just 14, won the championship, beating Mr. Feuerstein in the process for the first and only time. During his career, Mr. Feuerstein had a record of one win, one loss and three draws with Mr. Fischer.

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Shropshire chess player publishes new book https://tromsosjakklubb.com/shropshire-chess-player-publishes-new-book/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/shropshire-chess-player-publishes-new-book/ To the blackboard. Steve Wilson, who plays for the Shrewsbury-based Telepost Chess Club, has released “Welcome To My World of Chess” which includes some of his own games, puzzles and games by the great American world champion Bobby Fischer, his favorite player. Steve takes delivery of his book. “In middle school, when I was 10, […]]]>
To the blackboard.

Steve Wilson, who plays for the Shrewsbury-based Telepost Chess Club, has released “Welcome To My World of Chess” which includes some of his own games, puzzles and games by the great American world champion Bobby Fischer, his favorite player.

Steve takes delivery of his book.

“In middle school, when I was 10, I watched two boys play a game I hadn’t seen before,” he says.

In the family he had played other games like checkers, ludo, snakes and ladders and cards, but never chess.

“After watching the boys, I had a light bulb moment. I learned chess very easily and never gave it up.”

At school, Steve says he wasn’t academically attracted to any of his subjects, but adds: “I couldn’t be called a ‘duffer’ because I was the chess king. everyone wanted to beat.

“I knew that if I played chess and could play well, I was going to be taken a lot more seriously.

“It was a few years after leaving school that I joined Wolverhampton Chess Club and soon realized that I was just an average club player. the scalp from time to time.”

During his 30 years at the Wolverhampton club, he served as team captain, tournament secretary and club secretary.

Steve, left, with colleagues from Wolverhampton Chess Club after winning the Wolverhampton Summer League Division Two in 2010.

Taking early retirement from the Royal Mail in 2015, Steve and his wife, who had lived in Fallings Park, Wolverhampton, moved to a small hamlet in mid Wales which meant missing out on chess clubs – something that changed when they moved to Shrewsbury two years later.

He says his book came to fruition when he changed the way he recorded his chess games in 2019, abandoning the old traditional descriptive notation for recording moves and using modern algebraic notation which is now virtually universal.

Steve plays in Division Two of the Shropshire Chess League, where head-to-head chess action only recently resumed after a suspension due to the Covid pandemic.

To the blackboard.

Steve’s book, which also includes a chapter on key grandmasters, is available from him direct at stevew16051805@gmail.com or at www.youcaxton.co.uk and costs £8.99.

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Telegraph chess players ‘appalled’ after games halted by altercation with gun https://tromsosjakklubb.com/telegraph-chess-players-appalled-after-games-halted-by-altercation-with-gun/ Thu, 10 Feb 2022 00:45:15 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/telegraph-chess-players-appalled-after-games-halted-by-altercation-with-gun/ Chess players play at the free chess club on Telegraph Avenue. 1 credit Community chess games on Telegraph Avenue are suspended due to safety concerns after organizer Jesse Sheehan was injured trying to restrain a man who brought a gun to the tables, players say Chess, Sheehan and Berkeley Police. California students, residents and passersby […]]]>
Chess players play at the free chess club on Telegraph Avenue. 1 credit

Community chess games on Telegraph Avenue are suspended due to safety concerns after organizer Jesse Sheehan was injured trying to restrain a man who brought a gun to the tables, players say Chess, Sheehan and Berkeley Police.

California students, residents and passersby have been playing chess for free since last summer, when Sheehan organized community donations for a chess club at the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street.

On January 31, Sheehan and Brandon Buters, another chess club regular who goes by the name “Soul,” were involved in an altercation with a man who had in his possession a “12-gauge, side-loading shotgun.” gun-style mouth” at the tables, according to Berkeley police spokesman Byron White.

The three men were arrested. Sheehan was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and Buters was arrested for aggravated assault. The man with the gun was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed firearm and battery with bodily harm.

Sheehan said he was setting the tables that morning as he does every weekday when a man who had once threatened players at the tables arrived in the area. According to Sheehan, the man had indicated to a player and a coach a week earlier that he had a gun and wanted to shoot someone.

When the man arrived at the tables on Jan. 31, Sheehan said the man asked to play with him. Sheehan said he refused and started walking to his car to retrieve his cellphone with the intention of calling the police. At this point, Sheehan said he and Buters observed the man talking to each other and holding his bag in a disturbing manner.

Sheehan said the man then jumped on Buters, who pushed him away, and the man then lunged for his bag as Sheehan returned to the tables to block his access to the bag. During the ensuing altercation, Sheehan was able to grab the bag with the gun inside and cross the street to a local dispensary, who secured the gun inside. their doors.

“My adrenaline shot up, I screamed ‘Help, he’s got a gun,'” Sheehan said, adding that he then asked the clinic to call the police.

Police say Buters punched the man in the face multiple times, causing him “serious bodily harm” including a bloody mouth and a missing tooth. The man kicked Buters back, causing him an open wound that required stitches to his right ring finger. Police said Sheehan struck the man with a pipe, causing a visible injury to his arm.

“I said, ‘Man, I don’t want to hurt you, stay back! ‘” Sheehan recounted before hitting the man with the object. At this point, he said their objective was to hold the man until the police arrived on the scene. Buters and Sheehan were restraining the man when the police arrived, and Sheehan said it would have appeared to the officers that “at first glance it was two white people hitting a black person”.

Sheehan and Buters were handcuffed, Sheehan said, while officers spoke to the other man and eventually recovered the gun and bag from the nearby dispensary.

Sheehan, Buters and the man found with the gun were all incarcerated in Santa Rita Jail and released on bail or bond and receiving treatment at local hospitals. Buters and Sheehan said Tuesday they are still recovering and trying to stay positive about the potential consequences ahead. Sheehan was the only one to post bail, while Buters and the other man were cited free, according to police.

The three men have not yet been charged, according to records from the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

Sheehan hasn’t officially hosted the games since Jan. 31. He was never arrested in Berkeley and said he suffered from PTSD preventing him from returning to the area and inviting others to play there. Chess players who held their own game around the corner last week told Berkeleyside, they were devastated by what had happened and concerned about Sheehan’s injuries.

“With this looming threat…it’s one thing if people decide to pull out a board and play around, it’s another for me to set up a chess cafe and make it nice and safe. “Sheehan said, explaining that he can’t in good conscience host the games if he thinks patrons would be threatened.

He criticized Berkeley police for failing to restrain the man during his arrest and for failing to respond to reports that the man continued to threaten the group of chess players. After the man was released on bail, Sheehan said he was told he had returned to the area and had additional weapons and would return with them to harm someone.

“What I’ve seen from the Berkeley Police Department, they’re not interested in Telegraph Avenue security,” Sheehan added. “I don’t like the connotation of [the attack] with the chess club, but if it hadn’t been for our tables and chairs, he would have done it to someone on the sidewalk.

Sheehan is considering filing a restraining order against the man and has filed an additional report with UC police. He is due back in court in April.

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Richmond Chess Club returns after 120 years https://tromsosjakklubb.com/richmond-chess-club-returns-after-120-years/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 13:32:51 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/richmond-chess-club-returns-after-120-years/ The Richmond and Twickenham Chess Club has returned to the Adelaide Inn on Park Road, Teddington, after 120 years. The club, formerly known as Twickenham Chess Club, reopened on January 4, after decades of moving and two months without a venue. Just over 120 years ago, in October 1901, the Surrey Comet announced that the […]]]>

The Richmond and Twickenham Chess Club has returned to the Adelaide Inn on Park Road, Teddington, after 120 years.

The club, formerly known as Twickenham Chess Club, reopened on January 4, after decades of moving and two months without a venue.

Just over 120 years ago, in October 1901, the Surrey Comet announced that the Richmond Chess Club would play at the Adelaide Inn, then known as the Clarence Hotel. The club described the venue as a “popular, friendly pub” and invited members to weekly social test matches.

Daniel O’Shaughnessy, 58, of Atbara Road, Teddington, is a local chess coach and has been with the club since the 1980s.

He said: “I have been involved with the club for years and we have encountered obstacles along the way, but we are happy to be back in our place of origin.”

According to Richmond Council, chess club membership has doubled since 2020 due to renewed interest in chess during national shutdowns, and the Queen’s Gambit series on Netflix.

The period drama, written by Scott Frank and starring Anya Taylor-Joy, depicts the story of a young girl learning to play chess while dealing with drug addiction and the loss of her parents.

Following the show’s release in 2020, eBay reported a 216% increase in sales of chess-related products.

Maria Prescott, 33, is an administrative assistant and lives on King Street, Twickenham. She joined the Richmond and Twickenham Chess Club in 2020.

She said: “The sport is very mentally demanding, but I feel like I’m getting better every time I play.”

Prescott was inspired by her friend to start performing.

She said: “There are hardly any girls playing chess, so when my friend became interested in the sport, I thought it would be nice to try it with her. We really appreciate it so far”.

The weekly tournaments will take place every Tuesday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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Check out chess player Steve’s new move https://tromsosjakklubb.com/check-out-chess-player-steves-new-move/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 10:28:12 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/check-out-chess-player-steves-new-move/ To the blackboard. Steve Wilson, who plays for the Shrewsbury-based Telepost Chess Club, has released “Welcome To My World of Chess” which includes some of his own games, puzzles and games by the great American world champion Bobby Fischer, his favorite player. Steve takes delivery of his book. “In middle school, when I was 10, […]]]>
To the blackboard.

Steve Wilson, who plays for the Shrewsbury-based Telepost Chess Club, has released “Welcome To My World of Chess” which includes some of his own games, puzzles and games by the great American world champion Bobby Fischer, his favorite player.

Steve takes delivery of his book.

“In middle school, when I was 10, I watched two boys play a game I hadn’t seen before,” he says.

In the family he had played other games like checkers, ludo, snakes and ladders and cards, but never chess.

“After watching the boys, I had a light bulb moment. I learned chess very easily and never gave it up.”

At school, Steve says he wasn’t academically attracted to any of his subjects, but adds: “I couldn’t be called a ‘duffer’ because I was the chess king. everyone wanted to beat.

“I knew that if I played chess and could play well, I was going to be taken a lot more seriously.

“It was a few years after leaving school that I joined Wolverhampton Chess Club and soon realized that I was just an average club player. the scalp from time to time.”

During his 30 years at the Wolverhampton club, he served as team captain, tournament secretary and club secretary.

Steve, left, with colleagues from Wolverhampton Chess Club after winning the Wolverhampton Summer League Division Two in 2010.

Taking early retirement from the Royal Mail in 2015, Steve and his wife, who had lived in Fallings Park, Wolverhampton, moved to a small hamlet in mid Wales which meant missing out on chess clubs – something that changed when they moved to Shrewsbury two years later.

He says his book came to fruition when he changed the way he recorded his chess games in 2019, abandoning the old traditional descriptive notation for recording moves and using modern algebraic notation which is now virtually universal.

Steve plays in Division Two of the Shropshire Chess League, where head-to-head chess action only recently resumed after a suspension due to the Covid pandemic.

To the blackboard.

Steve’s book, which also includes a chapter on key grandmasters, is available from him direct at stevew16051805@gmail.com or at www.youcaxton.co.uk and costs £8.99.

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Richmond & Twickenham Chess Club finds new home in Teddington https://tromsosjakklubb.com/richmond-twickenham-chess-club-finds-new-home-in-teddington/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/richmond-twickenham-chess-club-finds-new-home-in-teddington/ The Richmond and Twickenham Chess Club have taken up residence at the Adelaide Inn on Park Road, Teddington, after two months without a venue. The club, which is a merger of the Richmond Chess Club and the Twickenham Chess Club, reopened on January 4, after decades of moves and two months without a venue. It […]]]>

The Richmond and Twickenham Chess Club have taken up residence at the Adelaide Inn on Park Road, Teddington, after two months without a venue.

The club, which is a merger of the Richmond Chess Club and the Twickenham Chess Club, reopened on January 4, after decades of moves and two months without a venue.

It has been around 170 years since the very first chess club in Richmond, which operated in the 1850s.

However, the very first Twickenham Chess Club, which also operated in Adelaide in 1901, eventually merged with the Kingston Chess Club.

The second Richmond Chess Club, which has existed since 1893, took on its present form following the 1958 amalgamation.

According to Richmond Council, chess club membership has doubled since 2020 due to renewed interest in chess during national shutdowns, and the Queen’s Gambit series on Netflix.

The period drama, written by Scott Frank and starring Anya Taylor-Joy, depicts the story of a young girl learning to play chess while dealing with drug addiction and the loss of her parents.

Following the show’s release in 2020, eBay reported a 216% increase in sales of chess-related products.

Richmond & Twickenham Chess Club chairman Richard James, also a chess historian, writes a series of articles about members of chess clubs in the area over the years, which are published by British Chess News in part of the Minor Pieces series.

The weekly tournaments will take place every Tuesday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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U Chess Club Wins 2022 Pan Am Intercollegiate Championship – The Daily Utah Chronicle https://tromsosjakklubb.com/u-chess-club-wins-2022-pan-am-intercollegiate-championship-the-daily-utah-chronicle/ Sun, 06 Feb 2022 21:02:25 +0000 https://tromsosjakklubb.com/u-chess-club-wins-2022-pan-am-intercollegiate-championship-the-daily-utah-chronicle/ (Photo by Vlada Karpovich | Courtesy of Pexels) Living on turkey sandwiches and cereal for the week, the University of Utah Chess Club has had great success in Pan American Intercollegiate Championship Team Chess Tournament in January 2022. As this was the first year the chess club could take on two teams, the Pan American […]]]>

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Living on turkey sandwiches and cereal for the week, the University of Utah Chess Club has had great success in Pan American Intercollegiate Championship Team Chess Tournament in January 2022.

As this was the first year the chess club could take on two teams, the Pan American tournament was already of major importance. Additionally, U’s B-Team member Dhruvan Gopinath won second place Top Upset Plaque, and the A-Team came in second place in the Third Division.

In short, an upset occurs when a lower ranked player defeats a higher ranked player, thereby increasing their own ranking and proving their level of skill.

Playing against Grandmasters, as students who had never played Pan American, was a huge win for the chess team.

“It’s a really prestigious international collegiate championship,” said Conrad Morris, a member of Team A. “Our Team A tied for first and lost the tie-breaks.”

Morris said the tournament was a great team-building experience.

“The game of chess…is a battle of the mind,” he said. “It’s like this dance, this interaction of ideas, and whoever has the strongest ideas ends up winning the game.”

Gopinath described the game as maximizing his pieces’ potential while minimizing the opponent’s potential.

“Every move is absolutely essential for position and when your opponent makes a move, you have to consider every possible aspect that that move accomplishes,” Gopinath said in an email interview. “You must then react accordingly, make sure you don’t miss any traps or tricks.”

Robert Williams, the coach of the chess team, started playing chess in the seventh grade, continuing to play with his junior high and high school league.

He played on his college chess team, competing in the 1977 Pan Am in St. Louis, Missouri. This, he said, is how the goal of the Pan American tournament began.

Williams built the U chess club from the ground up, starting in 2003. While there had been other chess clubs in the past, none had lasted very long. When the Chess Club was restarted, Williams wanted to focus on intercollegiate chess competition.

“It took a few years,” he said. “But eventually we started getting students to go to Pan-American.”

He said some of the difficulties they faced were bad weather, booking rooms and COVID-19 restrictions, saying their perseverance through this was emblematic of teamwork at the club.

“Success is student safety, with students being team players and students doing their best,” he said.

According to Williams, diversity and club cohesion are necessary for the team to truly succeed.

supporters of the chess club, including those in the tournament and outside, in addition to the teamwork of the club, have made possible the success of these students.

If interested in the chess club, students can attend club meetings Thursday nights at 6 p.m. MST in the Union.

“It’s not just a game for intellectuals,” Williams said. “It’s a game for everyone.”

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