December 17, 2001
PAIRS OF CHESS players focus on their games while families chatter, a midshipman studies, children explore new books and friends sip coffee and enjoy light conversation. This is the scene every Tuesday evening at the Barnes and Noble bookstore cafe at Annapolis Harbour Center when members of the Annapolis Chess Club meet to challenge each other and interested passers-by to the game. A group of a half-dozen regulars was joined recently by Grant Miller, a recent graduate of West Virginia University now living in Arnold, who happened upon the group when he stopped in for a cup of coffee.
June 19, 1998
A 15-year-old from Potomac defeated a legendary Maryland chess champion yesterday in a challenge match sponsored by the Chess Club at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.Ray Kaufman won a $100 prize by defeating William Morrison, 37, in a match at the UMBC Engineering and Computer Science building.Kaufman, a student at Wootton High School in Potomac, was awarded a full scholarship to UMBC in March when he won the state scholastic chess championship for high school students.Morrison, known as "the Exterminator," is a UMBC graduate and a self-taught chess legend from New York.
January 30, 2002
The student: Matthew Jolles, 10 School: Waverly Elementary School Special achievement: Won first place in the Susquehanna Scholastic Chess Tournament in the K-5 division by winning all five of his matches. The tournament was held in Havre de Grace in November. He is a member of Waverly's 42-member chess club. How did he learn to play? "My dad taught me and then I entered the UMBC Chess Club." He went on to take lessons from the UMBC team's top players and was soon able to teach his 5-year-old brother the game.
June 15, 2008
The Norbel School in Elkridge will offer a Power Camp for children with learning challenges from June 23 through Aug. 1. The camp, which is to feature the school's interpersonal social skills development program, is open to children ages 6-12. Art, sports and music activities are also planned. Tutoring and before- and after-camp care are available. Information: Krys Renzi, 410-796-6700 or email@example.com. Bag sale planned for July and August The Trinity Church Gift & Thrift Shoppe, 6010 Waterloo Road, at Pfeiffer's Corner, behind St. John's Lutheran Church in Elkridge, will hold a bag sale in July and August.
December 13, 1995
The 10 children sitting lotus position in a small room at Cherry Hill elementary school know they are learning much more than a game.Coach: "Is this a game for light-headed, irresponsible people?"Students: "No!"Coach: "What type of people play this game?"Students: "Disciplined people play this game!"Coach: "How long has this game been around?"Students: "Been since the Middle Ages."Coach: "Speak clearly and in complete sentences."Students: "This is a game that has been played since the Middle Ages."
January 11, 1999
Garry Kasparov's game has kept him atop the chess world for 13 years. But recently, with a challenge looming from another highly regarded Russian, he felt some serious practice was in order.He turned to an avenue where he could work on his game anonymously but face a level of competition that would help sharpen him up.Kasparov logged on to the Internet.There, on a Web site known as ``The Internet Chess Club'' at www.chessclub.com, the world champion - playing under the user name Dahlia - found an opponent who more than measured up. ``This guy is no ordinary grand master,'' Kasparov's friend, Shay Bushinsky, recalls Kasparov saying.