MindSpace Stamford to launch Coffeehouse Chess Club

A Stamford mental health charity helps people connect while facing a battle through a game of chess.

MindSpace Stamford is launching a Coffeehouse Chess Club, an informal style of chess that emphasizes the social aspects of the game.

Chess is currently enjoying an unprecedented boom in popularity following the success of Netflix drama “The Queen’s Gambit” as well as millions of people finding out about chess online during the pandemic.

Jamie Sutherland promoting the chess club at the Stamford Diversity Festival, August 2021

MindSpace club volunteer and organizer Jamie Sutherland said, “What I love about chess is that it gives people of different backgrounds, ages and cultures the chance to connect. , but traditional chess clubs can be a bit intimidating, especially for beginners.

“Cafe chess provides a friendly environment for people of all experience levels to play for fun, improve their game, and meet new people.”

MindSpace’s new club offers beginners and experienced chess players of all skill levels the opportunity to meet in real life and enjoy a social game of chess, coffee and cake, with the launch of the club for its opening night on November 24.

Jamie Sutherland promoting the chess club at the Stamford Diversity Festival, August 2021
Jamie Sutherland promoting the chess club at the Stamford Diversity Festival, August 2021

MindSpace founder Dr Dan Petrie enthusiastically welcomed the launch of the new club.

He said, “I love that we can provide a space to connect through an activity like chess that allows for a feeling of learning whether you are new or experienced, by hitting many of your ‘Five Ways to’. well-being in one go. . “

Coffeehouse Chess will be held at MindSpace, 39 Broad Street, on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. All details can be found at spiritspacestamford.com.



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