Spooner, WI – The Wisconsin Chessheads, Spooner’s chess club, is back to playing over
the board games on a weekly basis. “We’re getting together every Monday at the
Spooner Railroad Park Picnic Pavilion,” said organizer, Kevin McMullin, “It’s the perfect
place: outdoors, in the shade, with a nice breeze to keep us cool. I’m so gald the city has
this facility.” The club meets from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. The summer program is sponsored
by the Spooner Memorial Library.
Nationwide, chess has had a strong resurgence partly due to the Covid pandemic and
partly due to the popularity of the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit. “We’ve been
getting together the last couple of weeks,” McMullin said, “It’s been great to see familiar
faces and some new ones as well.” The club has scheduled “Theme” afternoons
according to McMullin. June 14, July 12, and August 16, are dates when beginners are
especially encouraged to come as extra hands will be available to help those new to chess
learn the game. June 28, July 26, and August 23 the club will be holding “bughouse”
games. Bughouse is a team version of chess where players exchange pieces as they play.
Boards and clocks are available at each meeting as well as a host of friendly and
encouraging chess players. For more information about the Wisconsin Chessheads or
the weekly chess games call Kevin McMullin at 715-416-1102.