Senior launches stress-free adult chess club at Parma Library

PARMA, Ohio – In a year when everyone was learning chess by watching the popular Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit,” Gerald Belfer, a longtime lover of the popular board game, coincidentally thought to involve more people.

The two worlds now come together at the newly established Adult Chess Club, which will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Saturday at the Parma branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library at 6996 Powers Blvd.

“I’ve been thinking about this type of club for several years, after seeing Solon’s library host such a program where chess lovers can just play stress-free chess,” said Belfer, a Cleveland native who has lived in Parma for the past. 2008.

“I belong to the Parma Chess Club, which is a formal organization, but there is a lot of stress in playing chess competitively. You have chess odds that range from 400 to 2,800. Every time you play, whether you win or lose, it’s on your record.

“So here we have an informal chess club; there is no such thing as fierce or stressful competition. The idea is to play chess for fun. That’s all it is.

As a member of the Parma Chess Club, which meets on Tuesday evenings at the German Central Organization on York Road, Belfer told other players about his idea of ​​an adult chess club. He said they were all in favor of having yet another opportunity to hone their skills.

“Besides playing chess for fun, you also sharpen your brain, which is good for older people,” said Belfer, who started playing in the 1950s when he was in college and up. late in the army.

In fact, because he was “busy with life,” Belfer last played chess under the Eisenhower administration before returning to the game about six years ago.

“Now that I’m 85, I can’t do archery anymore,” Belfer said. “I can’t draw the bow back. I can’t wade through the river with a fly rod. I am too old. My activities are therefore limited. This is what it comes down to. “

As for “The Queen’s Gambit,” Belfer admitted that he had no knowledge of the show or Netflix.

Maybe in a perfect world, he can help teach newcomers the game of chess while they teach him about streaming and how to watch the award-winning show.

For more information on the Adult Chess Club, contact Belfer at 440-842-5599.

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