Lansing Chess Club meets at LCC for annual championship tournament
By Aaron Wilton
The Lansing Chess Club (the LCC), a Lansing club not affiliated with Lansing Community College, meets on Wednesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. at LCC in Gannon Building room 312.
Michael Williams is a club member and the unofficial spokesperson for the club.
“The Lansing Chess Club was started by a gentleman named V. E. Vandenburg,” Williams said. “He started it in 1944.”
Williams said he is working to gain some publicity for both LCCs: the college and the chess club.
“Currently I’m working with Deb Canja, one of the (LCC) trustees, to work something about chess into LCC to get the kids to want to come to LCC,” Williams said. “We’re thinking right now about a tournament with the kids dressed up as chess pieces.”
Each year the club holds a championship tournament. This year’s finals were held Wednesday, May 25.
Williams explained how matches are played in the annual tournament.
“The whole game is played in (three hours),” Williams said. “Each player has 90 minutes to play. Usually it’s something like 40 or 60 moves in that period of time. If you lose on time it is as good as being checkmated.”
Tony Nichols, president of the chess club, took first place in an upset victory over perennial favorite Kevin Noren, Lansing’s only “chess master.” The margin of victory was a mere half-point.
For more information on the Lansing Chess Club visit www.lansingchessclub.blogspot.com/