If you’re a chess fan, the Hoyt Library is ready for you.
The library is forming a chess club for students between kindergarten and 12th grade.
The first day is Feb. 3, with the meeting running from 3:30 to 4:45.
Here’s the press release.
The Hoyt Library is now forming a Chess Club for anyone from K-12th grade beginning February
3, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The club will meet the first and third Tuesday of every month.
Chess is a two-player strategy board game and is one of the world’s most popular games, played
by millions of people worldwide in homes, parks, clubs, online, by correspondence, and in
tournaments. In recent years, chess has become part of some school curricula. Chess uses math
and logical skills, and teaches patience to their fullest.
The current World Champion is Norwegian chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen. There are the
Women’s World Championship, the Junior World Championship, the World Senior
Championship, the Correspondence Chess World Championship, the World Computer Chess
Championship, and Blitz and Rapid World Championships. The Chess Olympiad is a popular
competition among teams from different nations. Online chess has opened amateur and
professional competition to a wide and varied group of players. Chess is a recognized sport of
the International Olympic Committee and international chess competition is sanctioned by the
World Chess Federation (FIDE), which adopted the now-standard Staunton chess set in 1924 for
use in all official games
Since the second half of the 20th century, computers have been programmed to play chess with
increasing success, to the point where the strongest home computers play chess at a higher level
than the best human players. The computer Deep Blue was the first machine to overcome a
reigning World Chess Champion in a match when it defeated Garry Kasparov in 1997.
If you already enjoy playing chess, or you are a beginner, this club is for you! If you have your
own chess set please bring it for sharing.
For additional information, or to register, call the library at 570-287-2013, or visit the library’s
Facebook or web page at: www.hoytlibrary.org.