Chess club launches website, hosting second Roosevelt Chess Classic tournament

The Scott County Chess Club recently made its internet debut with a new website and will host its third tournament in early November.

The 2nd annual Roosevelt Chess Classic is scheduled for Nov. 5 at Alfreda-Harris Lodge at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. This tournament will follow the first tournament held last November which attracted 46 players from Mississippi and three other states.

Chris Baker, the club’s founder and coordinator, said registrations were pouring in as the event approached.

“We are thrilled to be able to continue what I believe can be strengthened in a tradition of hosting chess tournaments in Scott County,” Baker said. “Combining player interest in the game with the natural beauty of one of our top state parks here at home is a win-win situation for everyone.”

The tournament will start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. It will consist of four rounds of play where players are grouped into three sections based on their US Chess Federation rating. Prizes will include trophies, medals and cash which will be funded by donations. There will be individual and team competitions.

Baker said support from local businesses has remained strong as donations make this tournament possible again and allow the club to do more each year to promote chess.

Players must be members of the American Chess Federation and can register for $30 until October 29, after which the fee will increase to $40. Spectators are welcome to visit and view the tournament free of charge.

“We want to make chess as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. You may have heard of chess tournaments on TV or other media, so we encourage people to come and see what looks like an in-person chess tournament,” Baker said.

Another development for the club is the creation of a logo and website launched on September 24: — making information about the club more accessible.

“It’s our window to our community and the world to tell our story of what we’re doing to advance the game of chess,” Baker said. “It gives all the information on what and everything we do and what’s going on in chess across the state.”

As part of the club’s branding, the club uses a logo designed by Baker’s son Aaron.

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