Nanaimo chess players are always looking for their next checkmate

Nanaimo Chess Club players always try to stay one step ahead of the competition.

The club is resuming meetings twice a week after a long pandemic postponement.

“Local fans have suffered from the pandemic, as have many other players, but at least they had online competition,” noted a club press release. “But live play is what many gamers thrive on.”

The club meets Wednesdays from 4 p.m. at the MGM Restaurant and Mondays at 6 p.m. at the Kin Hut at Departure Bay Beach.

Long-time chess enthusiast Glen Beaudin said in the statement that he had a lot of people wanting to talk about chess during the pandemic due to the popularity of The Queen’s Gambit series on Netflix. He said some viewers viewed the series as depicting a “battle of the sexes”, but he disagreed.

“It was about how anyone, regardless of situation, is welcome to the world of live chess. It’s all about the game. The multi-award-winning series totally respects that.

Monday meetings have a $6 registration fee, while more informal Wednesday meetings have no registration fee, but tipping restaurant staff is encouraged.

For more information on chess tournaments and related club activities, visit or email [email protected]

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