In March a meet up was held in Bellville that attracted a number of students from Mansfield Christian Schools.
Efforts are underway to play chess once a month at Brumby’s Coffeehouse and Pizzeria on Main Street. Organizers held their first event earlier this month and invited the Mansfield Christian School (MCS) Chess Team.
The team led by their coach known only as Mr. Mike set up tournament play for their team members one afternoon while other first timers watched and learned.
According to Mrs. Kathy Vrooman, an instructor at MCS, the chess team was formed in October 2013 and recently purchased team shirts.
Chess is a board game involving strategy and skill; it is played on a checkered board. Each player begins the game with sixteen pieces that are moved and used to capture opposing pieces according to precise rules. The object is to put the opponent’s king under a direct attack from which escape is impossible, i. e. checkmate. Studies suggest that playing puzzles or games like chess can improve brain function and in some studies math skills.
The next meet up is planned for Thursday, April 3 from 4 until 6 p.m. at Brumby’s. Organizers encourage participants to bring their own chess game.