By Heather Pilkington, Register Staff Writer
Gainesville Daily Register
“The impetus for forming the club is that UIL (University Interscholastic League) academics is offering Chess Puzzles as a pilot event this year,” Chess Club sponsor John Rodgers said. “In Chess Puzzles, contestants solve a series of situations presented as diagrams on paper. The student who successfully solves the most puzzles in the allotted time is declared the winner. There is no head-to-head play in the UIL competition as it stands now.”
Rodgers said the Chess club meets every Thursday, both before and after school.
“We have been averaging about a dozen students in attendance at each meeting,” he said. “Meetings are informal — maybe a few opening remarks from me — a lot at the chess website or working of a chess puzzle — then we break out the boards, pair up and start playing.”
Membership is open to all students. The only requirement Rodgers says is to show up and participate.
“In our club the students play head-to-head, against the computer on a website like ‘KidChess’, and work puzzles similar to the ones we will see at the competition,” he said.
Rodgers announce that the first-ever GMS Chess Team was set in December.
“Students competed in a puzzle solving event much like the one they will face at the UIL meet,” he said.
The sixth-grade team members are Philip Stogner, Debbie Carlton, Dalton Chancellor and Jacob Long; the seventh-grade members are Hunter McKnight, Charley Simmons, Justin Kerby and Jordan Young; the eighth-grade members are Brandon Chancellor, Tate Wadkins and Caleb Traughber.
These 11 students will compete at the UIL Academic Meet on Thursday at North Central Texas College.