In a recent interview with chess master Adrian Rios published in Friday's edition of the Empire-Tribune, he mentioned his desire to start a chess club in Stephenville. The problem was, he didn’t have a place for members to meet.
Having interviewed Dianna Wood, owner of Soup and More, this reporter recalled that she had meeting space next to the eating area. I suggested that Rios stop by and see if Wood would be willing to help out with the chess club, which he did.
It turns out that Wood’s son, David I. Rudel - who grew up here, graduated from Stephenville High and now lives in Budapest - has written six books on chess. The coincidence and serendipity of all that was just too much for both parties to ignore.
As a result, the brand new Stephenville Chess Club will hold its inaugural meeting at Soup and More this Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Soup and More is the red-brick building that sits diagonally across Washington Street from City Hall.
“It was really interesting how it all happened and after meeting Adrian (Rios) and talking about his ideas, I was more than happy to make the space available for the Stephenville Chess Club," Wood said. "I think it’s a great idea, something our city needs and I couldn’t be happier about how it happened and the outcome.”
Rios feels the same and provided some details about the new club.
“The main objective is to provide chess players in the area with a nice place to meet and play," he said. "There will be informal and formal games, depending on the number of players in attendance and their preference.
“The club is registered as an official affiliate of the U.S. Chess Federation, which makes it possible to run tournaments that will be ‘rated.' This means the results will be sent to the Federation and the players will get chess ratings," Rios explains.
If players want to play a ‘match’ and make it official, this would be the place to have it. The tournaments will be run in different formats: SWISS (all players in one group), ROUND ROBIN (all-play-all) and QUADS (groups of 4 players round robin).
Rios says he will be available to answer any questions about chess rules and provide the players with information if they need it.
“I will be happy to play all comers, so everybody will find a chance to play,” he adds. “This will be a place where the players will find and exchange references and information about chess.”
Soup and More will have food and beverages available for sale for the players’ convenience. Interested people from novice to accomplished player are welcome.
For more information, contact Adrian Rios at 254-459-2373.