Our First Champion

At our first club tournament member Justin Werstler emerged victorious, boasting a clean sweep of all his boards. This made Justin our first Our Friendly Chess Club champion.

That was the cool part. The next part really sucks.

Justin recently passed after what appears to be an epileptic seizure. His body was laid to rest at Greentown Cemetary on July 3rd, 2021.

As we continue to mourn the loss of the man who was a valued friend, brother, son, uncle, cousin, and member, we will not be meeting as a club this month.

Justin will be sorely missed. We need to take some time to grieve.


GoFundMe for Grave Headstone: https://gofund.me/6ddc191e

Tournament Game Rules

In preparation for our first tournament we are happy to present our first set of rules that should answer some questions players may have such as…

What happens when my time runs out on the game clock?

Basically, if you are using a game clock, the player who runs out of time will lose the game if their opponent claims the win on time and has sufficient pieces on the board to checkmate if the player had not run out of time. This means, if you run out of time and your opponent only has a King, or a King and a Bishop, or a King and a Knight, it would be a draw, as it’s not possible to checkmate using only those pieces.

What happens when the round ends but no one has won yet?

If you are not playing with a clock, and you have not finished the game when the round ends, you stop playing. The pieces are assigned point values. The player with the most points wins.

What are the pieces worth in points?

The King has no value. The Queen is worth nine (9) points. The Bishops and Knights are each worth three (3) points. The Rooks are worth five (5) points and each pawn is worth one (1) point.

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