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Ľubomír Ftáčnik

Richland Library St. Andrews Library Chess Club Welcomes an International Grandmaster (Reprise)

On August 22, 2011 Richland Library - St. Andrews and the Columbia Chess Club (http://www.columbiachess.org/) formed an alliance and started the St. Andrews Chess Club. It has been one of the most successful and well attended recurring programs we have had at our location.

Over the years we have had special guests like International Chess master John Bartholomew who gave a guest lecture about the first time he won a match against an internationally ranked player at age 15. At the ripe old age of 27 he now travels throughout the US playing in tournaments and teaching chess.

Two tournament directors from the Columbia Chess Club, Bob and Jordan, have hosted several USCF (United States Chess Federation) rated chess tournaments.

It is always surprising to find out how many people are enthusiasts for the game. Unfortunately all great things come to an end. As many of you know Richland Library - St. Andrews is closing soon for renovations and the chess club as well as all other programming will be on hiatus until we reopen sometime next year (http://www.buildingyourlibrary.com/locations/st-andrews). That being said we went out with a bang!!!

International Grand Master Ľubomír Ftáčnik visited the club on Thursday night for an interesting lecture about a game he played in the sixties and topped it off by playing 19 opponents simultaneously. He left the building undefeated: 17 wins and two draws! It's amazing how far the game of chess can hone your level of concentration.

We've had several teens mentored by members of the Columbia Chess club here and go on to compete in tournaments. We've provided a great place for people of all ages to unwind on Monday nights for five years. I personally have made friends with many of the regulars. It has been a great run and everyone stay tuned for the club's return when our new building is completed.

Special thanks goes out Jordan, Bob and Dan from the Columbia Chess Club for giving our club creditability. Make sure you attend their regular Thursday night sessions (Columbia Chess Club).


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