First-Ever Chess Tournament Draws Crowd at SW Branch

On Saturday, April 23, a group of young chess players gathered together for the Arlington Public Library’s first-ever Southwest Branch Chess Tournament.

Ranging in age from 7-16-years, 24 students tested their strategic skills in the Swiss-style, non-elimination tournament. A total of five rounds were played, with volunteer chess experts Troy Gillispie and Chris Wood on hand to ensure proper tournament rules were followed by all.

The Southwest Branch has hosted a weekly chess club since the summer of 2012, and regular participants began expressing interest in a tournament for quite some time.

“This was such a great event in part because it was initiated by the players,” librarian Dawn Reyes said. “I have students in this group who consistently attend, and they wanted to test their skills in a new way. The tournament was a great way to help them meet other chess players with different skill sets.”

The four-hour event ended with medals awarded to the top three players: Andrew Bias in first place; Shreyash Rai in second place; and Emiliano Gutierrez in third place. All participants were awarded a certificate of participation.

Chess Club is open to students ages 7-14 and starts up for the summer on June 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Southwest Branch. View the summer schedule and come join us!