Chess Club joins Fairfield County Interscholastic Chess League – Inklings News
Chess is an individual game, with the chessboard acting as a battleground between two calculating minds using wit and strategy, both striving to gain the upper hand. Nonetheless, the Staples chess team found an edge in their collaborative environment, and as a recent addition to the Fairfield County Interscholastic Chess League, their community and aspirations grew.
Upon joining the league, the club has grown in leaps and bounds from its humble beginnings characterized by a relaxed atmosphere and a handful of games. Executives intend to elevate the squad to a more competitive level this year as the club evolves.
” From now on, [the club is] just a place to play chess and have a good time, and we want to keep that, but we also want to be for students who want a competitive and team-oriented atmosphere, ”said the chess club coach Thomas Sargent ’22. “That’s what we hope to accomplish by joining the chess league.”
The decision to join the league was rooted in the hope of increasing membership and providing more competitive opportunities. For two years the club acted under its own leadership, and for chess club president Krishin Wadhwani ’22 it became difficult to communicate with other schools, consolidate tournament dates and keep their own. members without concrete competitions.
We also want to be for students who want a competitive and team-oriented atmosphere ”
– Thomas Sargent ’22
“What we found is that when people join the club and play games and then don’t do anything with it, they weren’t interested in continuing to come,” Wadhwani said. “There is no validation, there is nothing they earn, nothing they earn.”
Even as the competitive environment develops, the chess club sees the importance of creating an inclusive community open to all skill levels.
“We have a few recent members who when we asked ‘Do you know how to play chess’ they said, ‘Well no, but I watched’ The Queen’s Gambit ” and that’s good enough for us. Sargent said.
To help those interested in chess with no previous experience, the chess club has a trainer in Sargent.
“Thomas will sit down with them and work with them on different tactics, different games to explain to them what is a good move, what is not and why,” Wadhwani said.
While chess is renowned for its intellectual challenge, Wadhwani founded the club to share his passion and interest in chess.
“We were shocked to find that there was no chess club, which seems to be the most ubiquitous and likely club you are going to see. It seems like every time you say ‘club’ that’s what you’re going to see, chess club, debate club, school newspaper, ”Wadhwani said. “So we founded it. “
With their addition to the new league and new members, the club has its sights set on the possibilities of the future.
“As a team we’re looking to bring maybe two or three members to the final, and a fourth would be really great,” said Wadhwani. “It would show that we have improved from last year.”