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APSU, Clarksville Chess Clubs team up to get students in the game

November 11, 2003


Austin Peay State Universitys newly formed chess club is teaming up with the Clarksville Chess Club to increase interest in the game of chess throughout the region.

Our goal is to get high school, middle school and even elementary school kids to come, says Dr. Jaime Taylor, professor of physics and chair of the physics and astronomy department.
November 11, 2003


Austin Peay State University's newly formed chess club is teaming up with the Clarksville Chess Club to increase interest in the game of chess throughout the region.

“Our goal is to get high school, middle school and even elementary school kids to come,” says Dr. Jaime Taylor, professor of physics and chair of the physics and astronomy department.

“Students who learn to play chess …learn to anticipate, innovate and create, which are all things one might be hard pressed to find included in a typical school curriculum,” says Roy Manners, Clarksville Chess Club member.

According to Manners, chess also increases self-esteem, self-confidence, concentration and problem-solving skills.

“It has been said, ‘chess is art for the mind.' But in reality, chess is sustenance for the heart, mind and soul,” says Manners, a member of the Tennessee Chess Organization.

The APSU Chess Club was formed this year by APSU Physicist and Laboratory/Equipment Manager Ridelto Gutierrez, who began playing chess at 11.

Gutierrez is planning a mini tournament for February and considering teaching weekly chess classes including the theories of chess and practice of moves and mistakes.

The APSU and Clarksville chess clubs meet at 7 p.m., Thursdays, in APSU's Sundquist Science Complex, room B-111. Participation is free and open the public. For further information, telephone 6116.
—Terry Stringer