The Chess Club has launched a website for Roosevelt’s second Chess Classic | So Good News


The Scott County Chess Club recently made its online debut with a new website and will host its third tournament in early November.

The 2nd annual Roosevelt Chess Classic will be held Nov. 5 at the Alfreda-Harris Lodge at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. It will be a follow-up to the first tournament last November, which featured 46 players from Mississippi and three other states.

Club founder and coordinator Chris Baker says registrations are pouring in as the event approaches.

“We are excited to continue what will become a tradition of chess tournaments in Scott County,” Baker said. “Combining the passion players have for the game with the natural beauty of one of our best home state parks is a win-win for everyone.”

The tournament starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. It consists of four rounds of play where players are grouped into three divisions according to the US Chess Federation rankings. Prizes include trophies, medals and cash prizes funded by donations. There will be a competition for individuals and teams.

Baker said support from local businesses remains strong as donations again make this tournament possible and allow the club to do more each year to promote chess.

Players must be members of the US Chess Federation and can register for $30 until October 29, after which the fee will increase to $40. Spectators can watch the tournament for free.

“We want to make chess accessible to as many people as possible. “You may have heard about chess tournaments on television or other media, so we encourage people to come see what a chess tournament is like,” Baker said.

Another development for the club is the creation of a logo and website, which launched on September 24: — to make information about the club more accessible.

“This is our window to our community and to the world, our history in advancing the game of chess,” Baker said. “It gives all the information about what we’re about and everything we’re doing, as well as what’s going on in chess across the state.”

As part of the club’s branding, the club uses a logo designed by Baker’s son, Aaron.


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