Local chess club to start in February | Local news
John Grinvalds Daily Sun Editor
The game of kings is open to everyone, commoners included, according to two members of the community of Beatrice who are starting a local chess club.
Crystal Bartels and Dylan Dell-Haro said they hope to bring a new way of interacting and meeting people in the form of a chess club. It is due to meet at the Béatrice public library from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15.
“It’s really open to anyone who wants to learn the game,” Bartels said. “Or if they’re interested in participating in tournaments, that’s fine too. Any level, any skill, any age… I think chess is unlike any other sport in the world because it is all about everyone. There is no exclusivity in chess.
Okay, Dylan Dell-Haro said chess transcends age differences.
“It’s really intergenerational,” he says. “The people who make the club in [Marysville] range from 80 to college students.
Bartels and Dell-Haro first met during a tournament at the Beatrice Public Library, held in memory of Mike Cole. Dell-Haro said he believed the two were Beatrice’s only ones at the tournament. The other participants in the tournament, hosted by the Marysville club, were from Marysville and Lincoln, Dell-Haro said.
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Bartels and Dell-Haro have said that on top of the game they are there to bond and build friendships. Bartels said she enjoyed interacting with people at the tournament she attended.
“When we went to the tournament I had a blast playing against real people,” she said. “It’s great to be able to play on the computer, but to be able to interact with your opponent even in silence, to see your thinking process, it’s amazing. I read something that said the way a person plays chess reflects on their personality… You get to know people.
Bartels said she learned chess at a young age, but only dusted it off and tried again about a year ago.
“I come from a family of chess players,” she said. “My grandfather was a chess player and he was a champion in Massachusetts, I believe. And then my uncle went to a state chess tournament and fell asleep, so he got second place … I had been playing with my grandpa since I was a kid.
Dell-Haro said he played chess as a child. Four years ago he took it over and said he has been playing steadily since. Playing chess, with its incompressible number of variations, is one way to help learn and solve problems, Dell-Haro said.
“It’s about not making the same mistake twice and always learning from what you’ve done,” he said. “For me, it’s also about bonding and having fun. “