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Fancy a Game of Chess? Join the Chess Club! | AC School Clubs

Written by Alexander College in Library Blog on July 10, 2023

Have you played chess before? For those who don’t know, chess is a classic strategy game originating from the 19th century. The game is sometimes referred to as international chess or Western chess to avoid confusion among other chess variants such as xiangqi, or Chinese chess.

Chess recently saw a surge in popularity among the younger population due to a popular miniseries called The Queen’s Gambit starring Anya Taylor-Joy. This series was praised for its production value and its accurate depictions of high-level chess.

Unlike a lot of modern board games, chess features no elements of chance, making it one of the most popular games in the world and a good test of one’s ability to strategize. Fun fact: some people theorize it’s possible to solve chess since there’s no element of chance, but with 1043 legal states the chessboard can be in, it’s not practical to attempt this with our current technology.

In the meantime, students can learn about chess the old-fashioned way: practice! The Alexander College Chess Club meets every Friday afternoon from 1-2 pm in Room 259, only going on break for final exams.

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Students are encouraged to drop in and play a round of chess regardless of their skill level. There’s always someone willing to help beginners learn the basics!

Even if you’re an expert, there’s always something new to learn when playing against other people!

chess club

For current students who are interested in getting involved in school activities and clubs, learn more on our Clubs & Events page or start your own club.

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