Angolan chess club held its first meeting on Monday | Heralrepublican
ANGOLA – The first gathering of the Angola Chess Club took place recently at the Carnegie Public Library on Monday evening.
Participation is free and players of all skill levels and ages are welcome to join at any time. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the library on the first Monday of each month.
“Be the first to have fun!” invited the library.
Chess club host David Roe said five people had already signed up for the first meeting and it was more than he expected as those five people also promised to bring their family members.
Eventually, eight people showed up, from young to old. Ginger Smith brought her sons Elijah, 9, and Isaiah, 6, to learn how to play chess. The boys have said before that they mainly play chess online on their father Daniel Smith’s phone and he was the one who urged the boys to join the chess club, and they liked it.
“It’s pretty fun,” Elijah Smith said.
All the participants were at different levels of chess skill. One of them, Don Jones, said he used to teach others how to play chess, and for him the club was an opportunity to play live in person.
“I really wanted to play on the board instead of just playing online,” Jones said.
One of Jones’ students, Jan Taylor, said she started learning to play chess because she had a chess set from her late husband. She came to the meeting because she had just learned to play chess and she wanted to take this opportunity to continue learning.
“I have to learn the strategy better,” Taylor said.
Jane Minick said she came because she wanted to hone her chess skills. She was glad that her opponent at the chess club was good.
Roe, employed as a medical lab technician, said it was his father, William Roe, who taught him how to play chess when he was 10 or 11 years old. Roe liked the game because he thought it was a very good sport.
“I just appreciate that – it kinda reminds me of my dad too,” Roe said.
He said he had long practiced chess alone and online, both playing online with other humans and with a computer. He said he also went through many training materials available online.
Now, although he is not a professional chess trainer and cannot act as such, Roe said, he feels that after his training and experience in chess, he is confident that he can also learn to other people to play chess. Especially, given that there is no other chess club in Angola.
“I studied a little more myself and always wanted to go to a chess club, but there never was,” Roe said.
Roe finally realized that if he wanted a chess club in Angola he should go ahead and start one because if he was interested in one there might be other people interested in a club chess too.
So Roe contacted the library and the librarians were also excited to start the club.
“They seemed pretty excited about it,” he said.
He also said that he decided to do it earlier because it took time for him to practice chess and because he had more free time to commit to the club once. once her children are grown up and out of the house.
Roe said playing chess was conducive to learning and improving discipline, as well as teaching good study habits, because “to get good at chess, you have to study it” .
He added that it was a good sport and would be a rewarding activity for this generation. In addition, it will be a good opportunity to “bring people together to play chess”.
“Everyone is welcome, all skill levels and all ages,” Roe said.