Chess anyone?

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Whether you claim to be an expert at chess or just want to learn the game, there will soon be a spot for you at the Astor Theatre Society Chess Club.

John Simmonds, chair of the Astor Theatre Society and lifelong chess player, is leading the charge in the formation of the club.

“I’ve always enjoyed the game and gave it up for a number of years,” he said. “As I got back into activities with the Astor and we took over the Town Hall Arts and Culture Centre, we had these rooms available. I had the idea of starting a chess club and using one of the rooms for some time, but COVID-19 happened,” he said.

When restrictions started easing up a bit, he believed it was a good time to get something started.

Simmonds was hoping to have the club’s first get-together March 11 at 3:30 p.m. to gauge interest in it.

He hopes to expand on that by making two time slots available, depending on interest — 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for youth and 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for adults. Plans are to meet each Thursday and times may be adjusted depending on the interest shown.

There is no charge to drop in and play.

“My feeling is that if you build it, they will come. I think there are a sufficient number of people in Liverpool who are either interested in learning the game or people that have played and would like a formal venue in which to play, learn and develop,” said Simmonds.

Those interested in joining the club can contact the Astor Theatre box office during office hours at 902-354-5250 or by email:

Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin