The community is invited to help celebrate Seymour Library’s Chess Club’s first anniversary on Monday.
The chess club, which started as a summer activity for area youth, has expanded over the year to include chess players ranging in age from five to 75.
According to organizer Michael Hardin, “Kids, even as young as three are quick to learn. Many of our older members played on teams when they were in college and haven’t played in 30 years. They are looking not only for something to do, now that they are retired but also a way to exercise their brain and improve their memory.”
The club was such a success that although it was started as a summer activity, it became evident it needed to continue throughout the year. What began with four players has grown to 14, with experienced players teaching beginners. “We have players at all levels and experiences. It’s not unusual for the first hour to have older players absorbed in head to head combat in dead silence, only to have the young kids arrive and have the room filled with laughter and chatter. It really is a fun club,” Hardin said.
Seymour Library’s Chess Club meets Monday from 3 – 5 p.m. in the community room at the library, located at 137 W. Macon Ln. Join them this week for birthday cake and a game of chess.