Library going in big on Chess

Above: Between a new giant playing board and reformatted weekly drop-in sessions for all ages, the Library is encouraging the public to “check” out chess. (images from Facebook)

The Southborough Library has been encouraging the public to enjoy the classic strategy game of chess.

Past chess sessions at the Library (from Facebook) Initially, the Library organized occasional Saturday sessions for ages 12+. Now they are expanding it to all ages with weekly Friday afternoon drop-in sessions:

Are you ready to make your next move? Join us every Friday afternoon this month as we reconfigure the Eaton Room into a gaming space for players of all ages. Bring a friend, or make a new one, as attendees play the competitive classic game: Chess.

The Friday sessions will take place from 2:30 – 4:30 pm in October and December.

giant chess set at Library (from Facebook)Speaking of expanding, the Library recently acquired one heck of a big set.

The giant, outdoor playing board was made possible by a Choate Fund Recreation Grant. It is currently set up on the walkway in front of the Common Street entrance. Patrons are free to cross the board as they enter. They’re also encouraged to play the game.

On Facebook, the Library has been promoting the benefits of chess for a while, including touting “A medical study showed that playing chess decreases the risk of dementia, as well as prevents its symptoms because playing chess develops brain functioning.” 

For those who are rusty on the rules (or just never mastered them), a post refers players to this instructional link.

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