Once a-pawn a time: Chess club returns


Shishyan Bhatta

Two players focus in as they play an intense game of chess. Chess club meets every other Monday in room 240 after school.

Yabe Beneberu and Shishyan Bhatta

The world of chess has exploded in recent years due to the rise in attention on social media, as well as interest spreading amongst friends and family members. As veteran chess players welcome the new wave of cadets into the game, many are learning about the numerous strategies involved within the rich history of chess.  

The premiere of The Queen’s Gambit, a Netflix original series released in 2020, has brought forth a new dimension to the game of chess. Ignited by the isolation of the pandemic, many people looked for new hobbies and skills to master in an attempt to escape the boredom.

 A new chess player may find themselves overwhelmed and intimidated by seasoned players as they recite chess notions and theories. Though in recent years, it has become evident that the chess community is one that accepts all skill levels and backgrounds. This is of course not exclusive to the mainstream media, but is also present at Cherokee Trail. 

Even though chess is a game with an aim to win, it also brings chances to establish new connections. “My favorite thing about chess is the competitions and the friends I’ve made over the past few years,” said senior Jose Abuan.  Many people come to the game with hopes to rise through the chess ranks, but leave with something more, friendships and memories that last a lifetime.

Chess is more than just a board game, and its players see the game’s value in the real world, “There’s strategy, there are tactics, there are a lot of calculations and all of these can apply to real life scenarios,“ said sophomore Edwards Tay.

“I’m really excited about CT’s chess club, because I don’t think we’ve had one in like 6 years…it’s just a good place to meet like-minded people to play chess and have fun,” said Mr. Trevor Johnson, English Teacher and Chess Club sponsor. The game of chess always seems to find its way to Cherokee Trail, and it looks to be here for a long time, since the club coordinators are making great strides in providing tournaments and events.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or expert…chess club is an amazing way to connect with people,” said Tay. CT’s chess club is open to all students, of all skill levels, where you can participate in tournaments and learn from fellow students when discussing games.

Like any game, chess is one fueled by competition and rigor. Whether it be the world championship, playing a tournament at your local school, or even playing for fun with friends and family, it all starts with 64 squares and 32 pieces. The possibilities are endless. If you or anyone you know may be interested, the chess club meets every other Monday in room 240.