A new club is gaining traction at the Ottawa Library, and it’s your move.
“It’s just kind of natural to get together and play,” said David Wells.
Wells is the founder of the Ottawa Library’s new chess club, with meetings hosted 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Founded in March and currently run by Tim Corcoran, president, and Danny Jones, vice-president, the club was Wells’ and others’ answer to a dissatisfaction with playing virtual opponents.
“I got tired of playing the computer, and I had thought for about six months about starting a chess club,” Wells said. “Alan Heinlein started a chess club back in the early 1970s, and I was a member of it. I thought it would be great to have a chess club again, and the Ottawa Library has been very supportive of having us come and play chess.”
The club founded by the late Heinlein was known as the Ottawa Library Chess Club. Continuing its legacy, the new club recently completed its first tournament. Dr. Adam Smith won best chess player, and was presented with a new chess set. The group plans to start another months-long round robin tournament on Tuesday, group members said.
Though members enjoy continuing to hone their skills, it’s not all about competition.
“It’s also a social thing — we meet, bang heads together,” Wells said, laughing.
No experience in the game is necessary, as group members are happy to share what they know with new players.
“Feel free to stop by and learn how to play,” Corcoran said.