SUISUN CITY — Facing two opponents, chess player Marc Weeks was quick to make his moves.
“This is a miniature example of a simultaneous exhibition,” said Weeks, while facing a pair of men who had just sat down for a friendly game at the library.
One of his opponents, Suisun City resident Scott Griffin, was taking reference notes between moves.
“I can go over the game and understand where I can improve, make better moves and position myself better for the next game,” Griffin said.
The Chess Club meets at the Suisun City Library, 601 Pintail Drive, at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays.
Billed as a program for children and families, the club is open to all ages and levels, said Young Adult Librarian Jim Silverman.
Weeks regularly attends the meetings as an adult anchor. He joined about three years ago when Chess Club founder David Knott needed some help with the group’s instruction.
“Sometimes, I get a lesson,” Weeks said.
Saturday proved to be a low-key day for chess. Weeks had just finished playing Suisun City resident Steve Crismond, who came to the reading room to try out his wooden board and hand-carved pieces.
“I have this new set that my wife bought in Vienna,” said Crismond. “It’s the first time I’ve used this set.”
The 61-year-old learned the game in 1962.
“My mother taught me how to play,” he said. “That was the last time she beat me.”
With members of his high school chess club in Camden, N.J., Crismond said they would experiment with “bizarre” chess boards – tying together four boards with one corner forming a circular arch.
“If one guy got stuck in that corner he was screwed,” Crismond said.
Chess players at the Suisun City Library get to use tournament-sized pieces, Weeks said.
“It creates quite an impression for the kids,” he said.
While it is not uncommon for Weeks to help children at the library learn the game, this past Saturday was mostly a day of reflection spent with formidable opponents.
“The benefits of the game are well-known,” said Weeks. “You learn a decision-making process, then you learn that there are repercussions to the decisions you make.”
“The outcome doesn’t always seem fair,” he said. ”. . . Make a wrong move, you throw away everything,” he said.
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