Do you find yourself wanting to join a club filled with cool people, a fun environment and a game that could work your brain? Look no further because the chess team is up your alley.

I am a mediocre chess player, but I recently went to my very first chess meeting last week. I was hoping to see if I could make it in the chess world. Initially, I was nervous when I came, but everyone was so receptive and kind that they even offered to play with me. Not only did I learn a couple of new moves, but I was also invited back!

The club president and creator Ryan Springer wants people to know that whatever chess experience you have, the team is always willing to help you become better.

“We will teach people how to play,” Springer said. “Many have come in with no experience of the game.”

Back when Springer created the team in 2014, the team was small, but four years later the team has grown big enough to have tournaments with other schools.

The chess team meets 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday in Williams Hall 105.

If chess is up your alley or if you want to join a new team, please feel free to stop by or contact Ryan Springer at with any questions.

Meet some of the team:

Duncan Losacco has been playing chess ever since he was 5 years old. He played in highschool and is now playing for ISU.

“Chess for me is kinda something I’ve been doing since I was little. Joining here was both to find people who enjoyed the same thing as me and to continue to improve and learn about the game.”

Magnus Alexander Urosev has been playing for 3 years and has joined the team for the game and to meet new people that enjoys the game as much as he does.

“What inspires me to play chess is just how competitive and how much depth there is to the game. I like how there is no randomness to the game and how it relies solely on skill.”

KACEY NICHOLS is a blogger for The Vidette. Any questions or comments concerning her blog can be sent to

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