Local Chess Enthusiasts Meet And Match Skills Twice Weekly
By Raymond E. Dowd
Think you have what it takes to be a chess champion? Or, have you always wanted to learn the ultimate game of strategy, but can’t find someone to teach you? Well, the opportunity for both has arrived.
On Saturdays at the Seaview Jewish Center, located at 1440 East 99 Street, after Sabbath morning services, chess matches get underway around 1 p.m. Everyone, regardless of playing knowledge or ability, is welcome. Participants will usually find opponents to play at their own level.
" It’s a great way to learn the game, meet other players, or just play a competitive game," said David Rybstein, a member of the synagogue and an avid chess player. "We always welcome new players, and anyone who enjoys a good game of chess."
On Wednesday evenings, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., the group gathers inside the Burger King at Utica and Fillmore avenues in Old Mill Basin.
"It’s a nice way to spend an evening," said the groups’ organizer Bob Spieler. "We get new players each week. You can find people playing everywhere — in parks, schools, and by word of mouth. Each week we get new faces with abilities on all skill levels."
Bill Frangos, enjoys playing the thinking man’s board game and finds the opportunity to meet and play many different players, "challenging and enjoyable."
He added, "You play against many different players on any given evening, and in doing so you sharpen your skills to make yourself a better player."
Each week the number of serious players who gather at Seaview Jewish Center and Burger King has increased and no one is ever turned away.
"Come down and join us. Play some chess and meet new friends," said Frangos.
The Seaview Jewish Center will be hosting a chess tournament for players of all skill levels next month on a date to be determined and announced in the Canarsie Courier. The tournament will be open to everyone who wants to enter. For more information about the tournament or the weekly groups, contact Bill Frangos at 1-718-917-8966.