First checkmate of the year


Dr. Dustin Verpooten, Science, explains different tactics to the students so they can them use while facing an opponent. Dr. Verpooten is the sponsor of the Chess club.

Tabitha Pappas

On Monday, Oct. 5, the Chess club met for the first time this school year. Members gathered in room C326 to practice a few friendly, noncompetitive rounds to get introduced to the new year.

Chess is an intricate game that many students find entertaining. Members of Chess club agree that it is an enjoyable hobby to fill some free time and learn skills of patience and strategy.

“Some benefits I see of [playing chess] is you really work your mind and challenge yourself, and it is always just a nice break from classwork from time to time,” Matthew Hughes (11) said.

Not all the members are experienced to the game, so this season will help some players achieve their goals of broadening and enhancing their skills.

“I am looking forward to getting better at [chess],” Sarah Mapes (9) said.
Meetings are held every other Monday after school with club supervisor Dr. Dustin Verpooten, Science. The next meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 12.