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Local chess club looking for opponents

Photos by Michele Newbanks Dallas Bolen, 15, moves a piece during a match with Henry Corcoran, 12, during the chess club meeting Wednesday at Veritas Academy.

The chess club at Veritas Academy in Marietta is looking for other chess clubs for a possible tournament.

Club leader Lynn Stoll, a teacher’s aide at the school, said if anyone from an area school or the community wanted to start a club, she was willing to help.

“We have a great curriculum for kids I am willing to share,” she said.

The club meets Wednesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the school’s gym. The students learn strategies and play each other.

Stoll said between 20 and 25 students attend each week. On Wednesday, the club learned about stalemates.

The students are excited about learning, and Stoll said it can help those who have a hard time focusing. She said when she sees a club member in class who isn’t focusing, she reminds them of chess moves and strategies to get their focus redirected.

Students were eager to give their thoughts on the club and encouragement for others who would want to start a club.

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Mills Stull, 10, fifth grade

“At my grandpa’s house, we had a chess board. I’ve played for about three years. I heard about the chess club here and joined. I love chess.”

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Martin Tahbaz, 8, third grade

“My brother started playing and I thought it looked pretty fancy, like it wasn’t real life. I was interested in trying to play so I watched tutorials. I’ve been playing about a half a year. I’ve played my brother but I lost.”

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Hadley Smith, 8, third grade

“I didn’t come just to play chess, but to have fun. Miss Lynn is a good teacher. I was really scared to come and I didn’t know if I’d like it, but I do. I heard Miss Lynn was doing chess club so that’s why I’m trying. I’m learning a lot. The knight can only go in an ‘L’ direction and the king can go any direction. If he’s in danger, the queen has to go and help him.”

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Joel Brown, 10, fifth grade

“I’ve played before and thought it was fun. I enjoy strategy games and I wanted to learn to play properly. I’ve only been playing here a few weeks so far.”

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance:

¯ The chess club at Veritas Academy is looking for other schools to play.

¯ The club has students from kindergarten through 10th grade.

¯ It meets every Wednesday at the school from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Source: Lynn Stoll.

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