Students use Strategy at Southwest Branch Chess Club’s Second Annual Tournament

Saturday, March 25, twenty-three students tested their strategic skills at the second annual Southwest Branch Chess Club Tournament. Competitors ages 7-16 came early to check in for this Swiss-style, non-elimination tournament. Two chess coaches, Troy Gillispie and Chris Wood, were on hand to lead the competition. After hearing match rules, the room was silent as the students played five rounds.

Chess is a strategy game played by millions of people world-wide, including the Southwest Branch Chess Club. Clubs and competition groups allow players to meet and learn from each other. “This tournament gave my child a chance to compete and interact with students on different skill levels,” said one competitor’s parent. The players enjoyed the competition as well, with many eagerly looking forward to the next tournament.

At the tournament’s conclusion, all players received a certificate. The three players with the highest point scores were awarded medals as well. The library greatly appreciates the support and time of the dedicated volunteers and families who attended the tournament.

l-r: Chris Wood (judge); Edoardo (2nd place); Jeremiah (1st place); Troy Gillispie (judge); and Sarah (3rd place)

Does your child want to learn how to play chess, or do they need people to play against? All experience levels, from beginner on up, are invited to Chess Club. Click here to see the schedule of upcoming Chess Club meetings.