Local Chess Club Relaunches Group, Plans Multi-State Tournament | Local News

SHERIDAN – A group of men sit around chessboards in the Golden Room at the Sheridan County YMCA. Regularly, the men move pawns in place and discuss everything under the sun.

Over the course of a few conversations, this small group of chess enthusiasts decided to increase their impact on the community by restarting a well-known chess group.

The youth and adult group met at the YMCA before COVID-19 hit, but disbanded due to pandemic concerns. Now the group is officially run by the Sheridan Chess Association, which is affiliated with the American Chess Federation.

“It’s a chance to get the kids involved,” said Larry Mooney.

A group of about 20 young people and adults sat around tables of four – two sets of chess each – while munching on dinner sponsored by Powder River Pizza in the Sheridan KidsLife building on Thursday night. Several students paired up with someone their own age, while younger customers paired up with long-time chess fanatics. The adults faced off and discussed strategy throughout the evening.

Before heading out for the night, Dan Casey led a group lesson on certain elements of the game, providing an educational component beyond just collecting soft skills.

The Sheridan Chess Association restarted as the Sheridan Chess Club in September 2021 and has yet to regain its pre-pandemic attendance count of approximately 150. As a non-profit organization, the club’s former founders hope to restore the love of the game and the participation of young people. to the adult.

To help build excitement, the nonprofit will host its first-ever multi-state tournament at Sheridan College on April 30 and May 1.

The Sheridan Wyoming Open Chess Tournament is a ranked event in American Chess and already includes 22 players with a capacity of up to 100 or 120 individual players.

The first place winner receives a $1,600 purse, followed by $800 for second place, $400 for third, $200 for fourth, and $100 for fifth in Division 1, which is the open division . Chess players with a rating below 1600 or not rated by US Chess will receive $400 for first place, $200 for second, $100 for third, $50 for fourth, and $25 for fifth.

Pre-registration costs $35, while day of registration costs $45. Pre-registration closes April 15.

Saturday rounds start at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday rounds start at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., or one after the other. Membership in the US Chess Foundation is required to participate in the event.

The highest-rated registrant is Alexander Fishbein, an American chess player with a FIDE Grandmaster title – International Chess Federation or World Chess Federation.

People from Missouri, Tennessee, Colorado, Idaho and South Dakota told organizers they plan to attend.

Participation is free and children will receive a pizza at each gathering. Registration is also available at the YMCA or KidsLife.

Ashleigh Snoozy joined The Sheridan Press in October 2016 as a reporter before taking on the role of editor in November 2018. She is originally from Colorado and graduated from Biola University in Los Angeles.

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