Last month, on the Elmira Central Library’s last Saturday, the Chemung Valley Chess Club hosted their annual chess challenge, graciously sponsored by the Friends of the Library, and the Chemung Canal Trust Company. Forty-four players of every age and ability battled with their wits to attain the throne room atop the CCLD “Castle.” Contestants banqueted royally in the Great Hall.
Continuing his long reign, Dr. Walter Beuhl, one of the oldest participants, defeated all pretenders to the throne. Mark Mathews came closest to dethroning our King Lear (or Papa Doc). Michael Kane was forced to fight his way out of a four-way tie to claim the third place trophy, only after dispatching with difficulty the winner of the under-12 prize, Andrew He.
All contenders intend to return next spring, but earlier rematches may emerge at the Steuben County Library in Corning this October. It’s your move! Come try the ancient game that trains young minds to think maturely, analytically, and keeps mature minds young and quick. The Chemung Valley Chess Club meets every Wednesday in Elmira’s Central Library and elsewhere. Call 607-857-8479.