Waterville Chess Club

Waterville, Maine

A REM Community Initiative

Next scheduled online meeting: Monday June 14th, 2021 (using Zoom).

I send the link to join the meeting to our regular mailing list on the day before or the day of the meeting; we usually play from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Featured Game - Black to move; what could go wrong? For the full game, go to the "Featured" tab.
Black to Move - What Could Go Wrong?

Reminder! Included here under the "Featured", "Recent", and "Archive", tabs are just a few of our own games from the club; more to come in the future (games with Anna, Arnold, Glenn, Isaac, Kevin, Ray, Ben, Steve, Evan, John, Johnny and John 2, Mark, Bob and Pete - victories and losses). Eventually I hope to index the games by Chess Opening and by Opponent [which will make it easier to find what we are looking for when we want to research past games].

Extra! We have lots of videos by 'ChessNetwork' [Jerry], NM Robert Ramirez, IM John Bartholomew and Mato Jelic on the Info tab. If you are looking for advice on the basics, want to improve your game, or just want to enjoy watching some exciting and instructive chess games, take a look.

Where to find resources about chess? Maybe a better question would be "Is there any place that I cannot find resources about chess?" The short answer is that Google is your friend. This site has links to various chess sites (if you want to play chess on the internet, click on the Chess Sites menu above), the Maine Chess Association (MECA), the U.S. Chess Federation (USCF), and International Chess Federation (FIDE), all accessible from the menus at the top of this web site.

More recently, many people are taking advantage of YouTube for videos about famous games, and tutorials about various aspects of the game. The Info tab on this web site has a selection of links to various informational videos and tutorials about chess. Finally, we have our own library of books donated by members (some of which are even for sale) on the Library tab.

How can we continue to play chess in the meantime? Evan Annis (Camden Chess Club) has set up his club online at lichess.org; I set up a team on chess.com so that we can play online on Monday nights. For the time being, we encourage you to join either the Camden Online Chess Club [if you are more comfortable with the lichess.org user interface] or the Waterville Online Chess Club [if you are more comfortable with the chess.com user interface] (or both). If you need help joining either online club, just drop us an email. We are actively exploring the possibility of having a tournament with the Camden Chess Club on lichess.org at some point; for now, just contact Evan to join our Friday Rapid Arena mini non-rated tournaments.

Camden Chess Club Online Waterville Chess Club Online

We had been meeting every Monday night since November 11th, 2019 at 31 Temple Street, Waterville (the REM Center, across the street from the Lebanese Cuisine restaurant) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. On street parking or easy walk from the Concourse. We will not be meeting in person until further notice (due to concerns over the Coronavirus).

We have been meeting online since March 30th of 2020. Feel free to join us on lichess.org at the "Camden Chess Club" Community Chess Team [Evan has graciously invited us to share his online space]. We send out a weekly invitation to meet online (optionally using Zoom, which allows us to talk to each other while we play). If you are on our mailing list, a link to join the online club meetings will be sent in the club email. Note: We plan to continue playing online and using Zoom until further notice. The Zoom meetings allow us to decide amongst ourselves who to challenge and which chess program to use to play the games. Those not playing a game can observe ongoing battles among team members.

We also occasionally played informally at these locations by appointment during the day: MOST ARE NOW OPEN (WITH RESTRICTIONS: FACE MASKS, SOCIAL DISTANCING)

In Person Chess?

Several members of the Waterville Chess Club have expressed a desire to get back to playing over the board in-person chess games. Be advised that the club is still officially hunkering down. As you know, my own personal health issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic make playing IRL [in real life] impossible for me, but I have started a list of club members who wish to arrange to play in-person games. If you want to be on that list, provide me with your phone number and optionally, a list of days you are available to play; I will provide your contact information to those who wish to play live games. Reminder: Our rule at the club is to keep email addresses and phone numbers confidential unless you give me permission to share that with other members.

Once you are added to the list, I will send the updated list to all participants. It will then be up to you to make arrangements with the other players directly. We will continue to have weekly club meetings online (with Zoom and/or using lichess.org [Camden Chess Club] or chess.com or itsyourturn.com for correspondence chess games). You are welcome to do any combination (or suggest new opportunities).

We don't record all our games, but we encourage recording games and playing with a chess clock [which is not required for casual games]. We welcome players of all strengths. Currently we have several chessboards, but feel free to bring your own chessboard, pieces and chess clock if you have them [we are very short on chess clocks at the moment].

If you are looking for a good reason to play more chess, check out what Ben Franklin had to say about chess!

Becoming a Waterville Chess Club member is easy: just ask! Contact: Don Smallidge.