Chess Club is Convivially Challenging
During a meeting of the Sloan Creek Intermediate School Chess Club, members played their chess coach, David Gaston, in an electronic version of chess. The club members told Gaston where they moved, and without ever looking at the board, Gaston would tell them how he wanted them to make his next move for him. At the conclusion of the time allowed for this match, and with what Gaston calls, “an impressive party trick”, he was able to tell the placement of each piece without ever looking at the chessboard. He explained that he does not have a photographic memory as some members supposed, but that he memorized the logic behind each piece and move.
The chess club meets weekly and competes in monthly tournaments (the tournaments are optional). During the weekly meetings, Gaston teaches a new method, they go through games that master chess players have played and then the second half of the meeting is reserved for chess open play.
If a person does not know how to play chess, the first few meetings of the year are to teach rules and basic strategy of the game. Those who already know how to play chess will benefit in that they will receive advanced instruction, have the opportunity to play on a regular basis and play in tournaments.