By Miguel Diaz ’17
Intense thinking and incredible plays are what the Pritzker Chess club is all about. Chess is not a typical board game. It is an advanced game that requires much thinking. So, if you want to show off your critical thinking skills, show them in the Pritzker Chess club. But to anyone that is not good at chess and would like some practice, joining chess is still an option.
In Chess club, the students play chess for fun in the classroom of Gunnery Sergeant Jose Alvarez, the leader of Chess club. There, they sit down with all of their game pieces, ready to go. But chess is more than just players sitting at a table and waiting for their opponent to make their move. It’s about the amount of “predicting” both players will have during each turn. Players must predict what their opponent is predicting of them. It is all about getting into your opponent’s mind and trying to confuse them as much as possible.
As Aaron Harris, sophomore chess member, said, “Chess is complex, and you need to think, as this game is not based on luck.” Lots of skills are needed for this game, such as planning, predicting, and adapting to the opponent’s play style. These skills can also be applied in the real world, like at jobs. Matches can range from 10-30 minutes for these club members because people can’t cluelessly move a piece. They plan out their actions and adapt to what their opponent is doing to win.
The Chess club doesn’t just play chess for fun. They also compete in a tournament. During the tournament, sophomore Chess club member Elijah Perez felt nervous because he wasn’t used to these new opponents’ mindsets. There were many close games, but in the end, the Pritzker Chess team brought in 1st and 3rd place medals. This was the team’s greatest achievement.
Since the school year is close to an end, this is a great opportunity for anyone to practice during the summer and be ready for next year’s Chess club, as chess can be difficult to master at first.