Checkmate!

Student club offers game strategy and friendships

BY REBECCA BREAZEALE
STAFF WRITER

In a world where electronics and video games take center stage, it is rare for college students to sit down and play a game that requires patience and cunning. The Schoolcraft chess club, which was established this past fall, focuses on the classic board game along with a few others to create a fun-loving group of people. Club president Spencer Waldo started the club to create a place where he could play chess and meet people in the process.

PHOTO BY ANDREW RELLINGER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jeong-Ho Joo and chess club president Spencer Waldo concentrate on their game at a chess club meeting. The chess club provides a friendly, competitive environment for students at each meeting.

PHOTO BY ANDREW RELLINGER
STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Jeong-Ho Joo and chess club president Spencer Waldo concentrate on their game at a chess club meeting. The chess club provides a friendly, competitive environment for students at each meeting.

“I started the chess club because first of all, I really enjoy chess. I really wanted to meet people at Schoolcraft, and it helped me do that,” said Waldo. “I didn’t think I’d improve at it through playing the game, but there was a member who joined the club, and he was very talented. I’ve learned a lot of strategy and from playing the game with him.”

Chess club has a variety of members at different skill levels so that everyone can find someone to play with even if they are just starting to learn the game. Some members play normal chess, while some play blitz chess, a timed chess match. Waldo says that if the group comes to an agreement, they also play other games like Heads Up, Apples to Apples and Uno.

“I love the chess club because all of the people are welcoming and fun to be around. The atmosphere is super chill, and we all just learn a lot more than just chess when other members bring their various games,” said chess club member Grace Doolittle. “It’s an exciting way to spend an otherwise leisurely Friday afternoon.”

While the chess club is a fairly new club, the group is tight knit and intimate. It has sparked interest from many students.

“I’ve been thinking about going to chess club for a while now. I think it’s cool to have a club where you can play an intellectual game for a change,” said Schoolcraft student Evan Jaslow.

The chess club creates an environment for those students who wish to hone their minds, meet new people and have fun. Whether you’re a grand master or novice of the game, all skill levels are encouraged to join the club which meets every Friday afternoon from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Lower Waterman Wing of the VisTaTech.