National Chess Day

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Children play chess during a meeting of the Stockton Chess Club at the Cesar Chavez Central Library in downtown Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

Ever since President Gerald Ford declared it in 1976, the second Saturday in October has been recognized as National Chess Day, which this year falls on October 12. According to iChess.net the game originated in northern India and dates back some 1,500 years making it the world’s oldest board game.

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Jimmie Turner, left, plays a game of chess with Tyler Bruns makes a move while playing chess during a meeting of the Stockton Chess Club at the Cesar Chavez Central Library in downtown Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

In May, Phillip Seibel of Stockton was looking for a group with which he and his children could play chess. Finding none, he approached the Cesar Chavez Central Library in downtown Stockton and started the Stockton Chess Club. It’s comprised mostly of children but they accept players of any age or skill level. In addition to the play games, they go over moves and strategies of chess

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Phillip Seibel, center, goes over a lesson with children during a meeting of the Stockton Chess Club at the Cesar Chavez Central Library in downtown Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]


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Nine-year-old Clara Seibel, left, teaches 5-year-old Melanai Ramos how to play chess during a meeting of the Stockton Chess Club at the Cesar Chavez Central Library in downtown Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

About a dozen people attended a recent club meeting where they engaged in friendly competition. If you don’t know the game at all, they will teach you how to play. While Seibel taught a woman who was a beginner during the meeting, his daughter Clara taught the woman’s 5-year-old daughter how the chess pieces move.

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Lilly Lopez makes a move while playing chess during a meeting of the Stockton Chess Club at the Cesar Chavez Central Library in downtown Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

The group, which voted on a new name, the Stockton Knights, meets every Monday from 5:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. in the library’s children’s program room. If you have any questions you can contact Seibel at (209) 990-9280 or at doc.seibel@gmal.com.

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Kayli Bruns contemplates making a move while playing chess during a meeting of the Stockton Chess Club at the Cesar Chavez Central Library in downtown Stockton. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

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