Chess Club a new option for strategic students

By 
Naomi Lefevre And Eva Di Filippo
Thursday, December 15, 2022

Another new endeavor for Laurel High School is the Chess Club. The chess club is hosted by art teacher Ceilon Aspensen. The club has four active members that meet in Aspensen’s room every day during lunch to play chess against the other members of the group. At this time, the players rotate to rival each other to improve at the game.

All the players are at different levels, but everyone can play and participate. It is a stress-free time to enjoy playing chess with other chess lovers. It is a great opportunity for them to play chess because they are able to do one of their favorite activities with other teenagers that know how to play.

Dallas Jackson, a member of the group said, “I like playing chess and especially in Laurel High School because I can actually find other people who know how to play it so I can practice with other chess players. It’s very fun.”

Many high school students enjoy playing chess, but can’t find students to match who know how to play the game at a high level. The club in Laurel High School makes it possible for students to easily find fellow chess players and play for fun.

In the spring of 2023, the club will start to enter in tournaments. The tournaments will be held once a month against other high school chess clubs, or anyone who is a part of the National Chess Federation. It can be young people as well as adults. These tournaments will be held in Billings, Bozeman, and Missoula. Our chess students will try to do their best as most of them have never competed in an official competitive environment.

This new club is a great opportunity for LHS students. Participants can practice an activity at school that is hard to find anywhere else. They are able to find other students that can play at a high skill level, or beginners that are brand new to the game. If you are interested and want to learn more about chess, the LHS chess club is a great place to start.

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