The 4th Annual Smoky Mountain Chess Tournament took place this weekend at Dollywood’s Dream More Resort. Over 120 chess enthusiasts converged in Pigeon Forge to compete for over $3,500 in money prizes, along with over $2,000 in door prizes provided by the resort.
Players, young and old, beginner and Masters, came from Tennessee, North Carolina and surrounding states to compete. According to Tournament Organizer Harry Sabine, the weekend’s tournament was the largest turnout due in part to the beautiful weather.
“We would be hard pressed to find a more perfect venue for the tournament,” Sabine said.
Seymour Chess Club members, who meet at the Seymour Library weekly, attended the event.
Jackie Hardin, a member of the Seymour Chess Club, noted that no members of the Seymour Chess Club participated in this year’s tournament, but other players should “look out next year.”
Locally, the SCPLS Seymour Branch Library hosts Chess Club meetings each week on Mondays from 3 -5 p.m. All age groups and skill levels are welcome. The club will meet Jan. 14 and 28 and Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25.
Call the library at 573-0728 for more information about the Seymour Branch Library Chess Club and other clubs offered.