By Tessa Osborne
The Grand Rapids Community College student-led Chess Club meets every other Wednesday in the Library to play chess. On the weeks they are not meeting to play chess, they have a meeting to discuss what the next actions are for the Chess Club. Recently, they have been pondering the idea of organizing chess tournaments in collaboration with the Board Gaming Club.
At the meetings, the Chess Club teaches new members how to play chess and those who already have experience play with one another.
The Chess Club has several different types of chess boards aside from the traditional boards. One such board contains a timer so that players can time how long it took them to make each move. This type of board is more official than the normal chess boards. Another board that the club uses records each move a player makes and puts it into a computer The computer may then give the player hints on which move to make next.
Abraham Santos, 18, of Los Angeles, is the secretary of the Chess Club. He times the matches and organizes events for the Chess Club. Santos learned how to play chess two years ago when he was in juvenile detention. While in detention, he said a person who had Down Syndrome taught him how to play.
“It really caught my attention because, you know, I like thinking,” Santos said.
Once he got out of juvenile detention, Santos downloaded a chess app and started playing chess everyday. Santos joined the Chess Club this past September at GRCC.
The Chess Club meets the second Wednesday of each month from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Library and continues to meet every other week to play. The club currently has 13 members, but anyone is allowed to join by either using the Raider Connect page or attending a meeting and signing up there.
“Come have fun, enjoy, learn, because when you learn chess, you learn life,” Santos said.