Chess: The who, what, when, where, and why of the game at Capitol Hill


Chavez students focus in on a lunch-time chess game.

A board game of strategic skill for two players, played on a checkered board. Each player begins the game with sixteen pieces that are moved and used to capture by the opponents. Chess has been around for a long time.

Mr. Tom Fenske, Capitol Hill librarian, had positive things to say about the game’s presence on campus.

“The Chess Club has been around for ten years,” Fenske said.

Someone that may want to enter the Chess Club may wonder: Is the Chess Club growing? How can one join?

“There really isn’t a Chess Club,” Fenske said. “Kids just come during lunch to play chess. To be a part of the club, you just show up and meet during first lunch.”

Sometimes people don’t have the opportunity to play chess because they are either in class or Mr. Fenske is not there to facilitate.

Unfortunately, sometimes things have to change. This year’s adjusted class schedule has affected chess playing time.

“We have less time this year compared to last year,” Fenske said. “People in second lunch don’t have the opportunity to play chess because by then I am already gone.”

Having a good strategy is very important. Fenske provided a handful of pointers.

“Get control of the center of the the board. If you get control of the board, you are more likely to win the game.”

Junior Jose Mendez also provided a handful of advice for new chess players.

“A good strategy for me is working in a quiet place, so that I can focus on the game.”

While Fenske facilitates the club, he admitted there are a handful of talented players in the building.

“Mr.Thomas is the best player,” Fenske said.

Playing chess requires learning a variety of different moves. If a Chavez student were ever interested in learning how to play the game, Ms. Fenske would be the one to talk to.