Chess club launches web site, hosting second Roosevelt Chess Classic tourney – Scott County Times

Chess club launches web site, hosting second Roosevelt Chess Classic tourney – Scott County Times

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The Scott County Chess Club recently made its debut on the internet with a new website and will be hosting its third tournament in early November.
The 2nd annual Roosevelt Chess Classic is set for November 5 at Alfreda-Harris Lodge at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. This will be a successor to the first tournament held last November which attracted 46 players from Mississippi and three other states. 
Chris Baker, founder and coordinator of the club, said registrations have been flowing in as the event draws near.
“We are excited to be able to continue what I believe can strengthen into a tradition of hosting chess tournaments in Scott County,” Baker said. “Combining players’ interest in the game with the natural beauty of one of our best state parks right here at home is a win-win for everyone.”
The tournament will start at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. It will include four rounds of games where players are grouped into three sections according to their U.S. Chess Federation rating. Prizes will include trophies, medals, and cash which is funded through donations. There will be competition for individuals and teams. 

Baker said local business support has remained strong as donations are again making this tournament possible and allowing the club to do more each year in promoting chess.
Players must be members of the U.S. Chess Federation and may register for $30 until Oct. 29 after which the fee increases to $40. Spectators are welcome to visit and view the tournament at no charge. 
“We want to make chess as accessible as possible to as many people as we can. You might have heard about chess tournaments on television or other media, so we encourage people to come see what a chess tournament looks like in person,” Baker said.
Another development for the club is the creation of a logo and website which launched on September 24: scottcountychessclub.org — making information about the club more accessible. 
“This is our window to our community and the world to tell our story of what we are about in advancing the game of chess,” Baker said. “It gives all the information about what we’re about and all the things we are doing as well as what is going on in chess across the state.”

As part of the club’s branding, the club uses a logo designed by Baker’s son, Aaron. 
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