Georgia Magazine - April 2022 - 23

While on vacation six years ago,
Bill Perry (left) of Dublin played
a game of chess with Wilson
at Washington Square Park
in New York City.
Chess Club was born. "
Today, Perry's chess club meets
juniors. Of its 1,500 to 2,000 members,
weekly at the Fred Roberts Hotel in
Dublin and has attracted 114 participants
of all ages and abilities. The club even
hosted Col. David Hater, former captain
of the U.S. military chess team, who
played six members at the same time.
(He won three, lost two and drew one.)
" We have a lot of fun, " Perry says. " It
only takes 15 minutes to learn the rules
of chess, but it takes a lifetime to master
the game. "
Indeed, thousands are discovering-
and rediscovering-chess, thanks in part
to the 2020 Netflix series, " The Queen's
Gambit. " After its debut, millions of new
fans flocked to chess.com for games,
lessons and puzzles. Others rekindled
their interest in the game by watching
Russian Grandmaster Garry Kasparov's online MasterClass.
Around Georgia, community chess clubs are waking up
Fourth grader Jwalanthi Ram is the women's
co-champion in chess for the Georgia Chess
Association. She also will represent Georgia
at the National Girls Tournament of
Champions in California this year.
only 10 percent are female enthusiasts.
" Both young boys and girls play
chess-and play well-but the number
of females who play drops off around
high school, " says Parnell Watkins, GCA
president. " We want to change that. "
There's a strong case for getting
children involved in playing chess and
keeping them engaged. Playing chess
raises IQ scores, strengthens problemsolving
skills, enhances memory and
fosters creative thinking, according to
several studies cited in a paper published
by Peter Dauvergne, a world-ranked
chess master and professor of international
relations at the University of British
Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
" The game sharpens criticalthinking
skills and helps improve
after being sidelined by the pandemic. Tournaments and camps
are back on the calendar, and, just like that, chess is one of the
coolest things around.
Kings and queens
The Georgia Chess Association (GCA) in Atlanta is a
nonprofit organization that promotes and supports an actively
engaged chess community in Georgia for both adults and
concentration, " Watkins says. " And it doesn't require [protective]
pads to play. There are no injuries, and parents don't have to sit
outside in the rain on uncomfortable bleachers every weekend
watching their children participate. "
But like sports, chess offers plenty of opportunities to
compete, if competition is your thing. The GCA's website,
georgiachess.org, showcases upcoming Georgia tournaments,
events and camps for all ages and skill levels.
Another bonus is that chess is an affordable activity.
There's no need for high-end equipment or clothing, and that
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NANCY PERRY
GEORGIA CHESS ASSOCIATION
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