Nonprofit chess club begins classes at Boys and Girls Club
By Heidi Bailey September 10, 2009 08:48 pm
Blitzing, blundering, blocking and attacking. No, its not football. It’s a game that’s been around for centuries known as chess.
The thought of chess may bring images of old timers sitting around with their scotch and tobacco pipes, but these days kids as young as 4 and 5 are mastering the fine art of the game.
On Sept. 11 rooks will be cramped at the Boys and Girls Club on Santa Barbara Drive as Chess for Kids hosts their first class in Rohnert Park. It’s the start of a regular class every Friday, 6-8 p.m. Drop-ins any week are fine, classes are ongoing and one doesn’t have to be a member at the BGC.
“These kids are amazing,” said Jolie Cook, president and founder of Sonoma County’s only chess club for kids. “They pick it up so fast, it’s unbelievable.”