Challenging, thought provoking, and fun—all words that are used to describe William Penn’s Chess Club run by science teacher Jon-Eric Burgees and senior Hayden Rhudd.

The two made the decision to run chess club due to their love of chess. Burgess said he has been playing chess for 30 plus years; Rhudd, since the 2nd grade.  

There are other benefits that come from being in chess club besides learning how to play chess. While most can use it to improve their game, the group around them is entertaining as well. “It’s a great group of students, it’s a lot of fun. We really have a good time together,” Burgess said.

Everyone is welcome to join, no matter the level of experience. The only skills that would be good to have are the ability to think ahead, be a good sport, and learn to enjoy improving your skills and techniques by losing.

“In order to join, you just need to go and show up and sign the sign in sheet that is passed around and once you signed in you are officially a member of the Chess Club,” Burgess said.

Chess Club meets on Thursdays after school in E118 until four o’clock when students take the four o’clock busses home. Chess Club started back in October 2016 but students are still welcome to join.

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