Chess has been around for well over 500 years, and despite being considered an elite identifier of strategic minds, the game can be played by all ages.
And it is the all ages side of things that has local librarian and creator of the Broken Hill Library Chess Club tournament, Deaken Treloar, excited.
The chess club is just 10 weeks old.
“It’s a new thing, I only created the club recently and we have seen a lot of familiar faces come in all the time, asking if we can have a tournament or an event.
We set it up two weeks ago and it is already happening.”
The competition begins on October 12 and is open to all ages.
It will be contested between 4pm and 6pm each Wednesday and the tournament will be played under Swiss Tournament Rules.
A Swiss tournament is like a Round-Robin tournament in that no players are eliminated.
Every player will play every round, and the player with the highest number of points at the end of the tournament is the winner.
“To make it fair on all players, we have made some rules. So, if you have a super serious player and they are playing a not so serious player who just wants to have a go, it’s a little fairer,” Mr. Treloar told us.
“Names will be drawn from a hat, and the tournament will begin from there,” he added.
If you’re a budding chess Grandmaster, a part timer who just loves to engage in the mental battleground that is the chess board, or a novice who wants to learn a thing or two – head to the Broken Hill Library on Blende Street from October 12 at 4pm and enter your name in the hat for a chance to become the very first Broken Hill Library Chess Club Tournament Champion.