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LSU Chess Club members returned to Free Speech Alley after an online transition last fall.

In-person matches are weather dependent and occasionally take place inside the Union. The club goes out every Tuesday and Thursday at noon to play with other members or new opponents.

These head-to-head matches weren’t the only sacrifice for the club. They had to play online for the Collegiate Chess League competition last year, where they made it to the quarter-finals.

Chess Club Treasurer Javier Calderon said his experiences last year hardly compare to those of this year.

“Playing in person completely changes the game,” Calderon said. “Instead of seeing a 2D screen, you play as a person, talk to them, or just watch how they play. It’s a lot more fun and exciting to be a part of the game and meet people.”

The Free Speech Alley games have attracted current and potential students. Calderon was one of those potential students, and the Chess Club made its mark on his first visit to campus.

“While I was visiting LSU, I saw the Chess Club on Free Speech Alley accept challenges from strangers as they passed, and I got down to playing,” Calderon said. “After a few games I was at the club.”

For more information on the LSU Chess Club, visit their page on LSU’s TigerLink.


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