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Chess Has a home in the ’Boro

Chess has a very rich history, with many interesting heroes and practitioners. More books have been written on chess than any other game. Internationally, modern masters still update the theories of its opening play on a daily basis. This compels competitive players to stay current and train using high-powered computers with massive game databases. Tournaments attract players to serious play across the world.

There are many benefits from playing chess. Studies have linked significant educational development in math, reading and science for students who have taken up the game.

Aside from its obvious contribution in problem solving opportunities, chess also brings players together. It can be fun and confounding at the same time. Chess is truly the ultimate game of skill. Players are ranked according to skill level and progress is measured through their ratings.

Murfreesboro has been blessed with dedicated individuals who offer their services to all chess players, regardless of skill level. The Rutherford County Chess Club was established in December 1992. Since then, the RCCC has hosted 54 successful tournaments.

The club has weekly meetings on Fridays at Grace Lutheran Church, 811 E. Clark Blvd. The doors open at 6 p.m. for children and beginners who seek instructional play. RCCC Vice President Rory Williams has vigilantly presided over these sessions. The regular adult meeting begins at 7 p.m. and usually lasts until 10 or 11 p.m.

Most chess clubs charge significant fees and dues, but RCCC President Robert Guthrie has maintained a philosophy that the club should be one of service. It is open to all, regardless of income. There are no membership fees, and those in need have often found aid through donations made by the club. Many children, schools and adults have received chess equipment from the RCCC. Since its inception in 1992, the club has had hundreds of participating members, who have come from all walks of life.

Parents will be happy to know that Murfreesboro also has many opportunities for kids to benefit from chess. Formerly from the Ukraine, chess coach Igor Zhislin just wrapped up a chess camp for kids, held at Middle Tennessee Christian School. He has dedicated his life to starting chess programs in schools. Last year he headed up programs at Providence Christian Academy, MTCS, Lancaster Christian Academy, The Webb School, and special groups just for home schoolers. His instruction helped Jacob Myhre win second place at the Tennessee State Championship last year in the elementary school division.

Murfreesboro chess players are very social and often meet up for casual games at various coffee shops and restaurants around town. They are very approachable and always enjoy sharing their knowledge.

For more information about the Rutherford County Chess Club, visit rccc.us, or call (615) 895-7989. To learn more about local scholastic chess opportunities, contact Igor Zhislin at (615) 896-3680.

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About the Author

Norbert made Murfreesboro, Tenn., his home in 1997. He conceived the Living Room Cinema column in 2006, and submits them regularly to the Murfreesboro Pulse. Aside from his love of films, Norbert is also an avid photographer. He is the very proud father of two, he beats on an old guitar, and plays a dicey game of Chess at best. Like Living Room Cinema at facebook.com/livingroomcinema.

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