Club Spotlight: Press Meets Chess

By Alex Aguilera
Staff Reporter

Memory, creativity, concentration, planning, problem-solving, reasoning and cognitive skills. These are just some of the many skills that are improved by playing chess, as stated in a recent study by  The game has been proven to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by uniquely engaging the brain in a fashion that forces it to function both practically and perceptively.  Chess originated more than 1,700 years ago and is now played all over the world by enthusiasts from every background imaginable.

Roughly 10 students meet to face off in weekly chess matches at PVI. [PHOTO: Alex Aguilera]

Roughly 10 students meet to face off in weekly chess matches at PVI. [PHOTO: Alex Aguilera]

Among other things, chess raises one’s IQ by a considerable amount.  This is due to the need for quick problem-solving during a game, in order to make moves.  These moves are each individually deliberate, with a larger goal in mind.  Thus, everyday skills are developed that one may then use to solve problems in class and make quicker decisions.

The Chess Club makes the game both practical and fun. At a typical meeting, members play chess and eat snacks.  At any given weekly meeting, Moderator Mr. Dan Kochis, a school counselor, supplies attendees with snacks and chess tips as they take part in pick-up matches with each other.  Students of all skill levels are welcome, from novice to grand master.

“The chess club is a lot of fun,” said acting club officer Mitch Kiefer. “A lot of people think it is too complicated to play, but it is not that hard once you learn.”

Will Smith, an avid chess club member, commented “we all just chill and play some chess”, when asked what happens in a typical meeting.  Another current member, Evan Leckenby, stated “the chess club has really opened my eyes to the game of chess and its real-life practicality”.

Club veterans willingly teach newcomers how to play, and potential new members can come to watch an ongoing game. So what are you waiting for?  Make a move, and attend a chess club meeting on Wednesday after school in room 234.  Contact Mr. Kochis or club officers Mitch Kiefer or Patrick Losique for more information.