Maitland Chess Club is up and running for friendly and fun games | Maitland’s Mercury

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Both new and experienced players have the chance to play against each other, learn new skills and gain a strong sense of community now that Maitland has a chess club again. Club founder Osvaldo Budet moved to Maitland from New York and Puerto Rico in 2020 and was looking for community in his new town, so he started playing chess. Mr. Budet played in the Newcastle club and realized that there were quite a few members coming from Maitland, and saw the demand for a club of our own. “It’s fun, it’s not serious and it’s the difference between the Newcastle club and our club,” he said. In the news: “We talk about everything from religion to politics to chess and we’re less formal. I enjoy the Newcastle club but we’re definitely more laid back and social.” The Maitland Chess Club meets at the Repertory Theater on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The club is open to all skill levels, from the age of 13. Mr Budet said he was told there was a club chess in Maitland about 10 to 15 years ago, and he tried to contact these old members to invite “If you like chess and want to improve, our club is amazing, because we have all levels of players, from beginners to very good players, and we really take the time to teach each other the tactics and strategies of the game,” he said. “We play with everyone, even new players play with the best player, so we always push ourselves to the next level.” said Mr. Budet, coming from another country, the thing he loves the most about the club is its diversity. “We have a lot of different people from a lot of different bins. kgrounds and for me that was awesome,” he said. “I have been able to speak with Australians from different backgrounds, and that is priceless to me.” Started in 2020, the club has weathered the COVID lockdowns by playing chess online. “Every Thursday night we used to play a mini-competition online, but it’s interesting because when we go to the chess club, we never compete, we just have fun,” Mr Budet said. To get in touch with the Maitland Chess Club, visit their Facebook page or contact Osvaldo on 0459 990 182. Did you know you can subscribe to get full access to all Maitland Mercury stories? The subscription supports us in our local news coverage. Click here to subscribe.

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