Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Saturday, April 13, twenty-one students tested their strategic skills at the Arlington Public Library's fourth annual Chess Club Tournament. Competitors ages 5-16 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 for the fourth year. 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 Chess Clubs at the Downtown Library and Southwest Branch. Clubs and competition groups allow players to meet and learn from each other. “We appreciate the Arlington library continuing to provide the chess clubs and offering this tournament which gave my children a chance to compete,” 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 trophy provide by the Arlington Chess Club. Jackie Bias came in first place, followed by Elijah Jordan in second and Patrick Foxsmith in third. The library greatly appreciates the support and time of the dedicated volunteers and families who attended the tournament.

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.