Get to know the Chess Club

Get to know the Chess Club

eSomethin Staff

The nature of the Perrysburg High School Chess Club has remained rather obscure for the most part, due to a lack of recognition and engagement.

A student even made it to the state tournament with little fanfare.

So here is what you need to know about the club:

It is actually being run by the parent of a student, rather than a school administrator. The chess club spans between both middle school and high school, including students of varying ages and skill levels. We talked to the club administrator Eric Morris who says the club has been around for at least 30 years.

At one time we had a coach who served for many years before retiring about 5 years ago,” he said. “Ever since then, parents have been in charge of the team, along with [Tara] Zechman, who has scheduled a room for every chess dual match.”

According to Mr. Morris, there are only six active members in the club this year. The roster consists of two seniors, a junior, a sophomore, an 8th grader, and even a 7th grader.

Chess players are expected to practice and interact in preparation for four tournaments. There are two local and two state tournaments for the club. In order to prepare for these competitions, members are also expected to participate in smaller tournaments oriented with adults in Toledo. The fact that these students participate in tournaments geared toward people of older age, and likely more experience, is astounding. 

Distinct skill sets found in most chess players include high intelligence (the past two valedictorians of PHS both played chess),” Mr. Morris said. “Also, many chess players are excellent at math and music.”

He said students with a passion for music and math tend to excel in chess. But the club is an open place for anyone who wants to learn how to play and hone chess skills regardless of skill.

For more information on the club, you can contact Mrs. Zechman with your request. She will provide more specific details. The Chess club had an incredible year with its talented member and staff, and we congratulate Eric Morris on his incredible feat of making it to the statewide chess tournament.

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