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Visit the Bellingham Knights Chess Club website at www.BellinghamChess.com (http://www.bellinghamchess.com).

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Meet other local chess players to play the world's oldest strategy game. Anyone who enjoys chess (any age or level) is welcome to play for challenge, fun, and skill improvement. Online chess is great, but there is no substitute for meeting new people and playing on a real chess board. Join us if you play the game at any level or would like to learn (http://www.meetup.com/BellinghamChess/messages/boards/forum/20918643).

Players can play any style of chess they mutually agree to (blitz, rapid, standard, etc.). We have a dedicated meetup that gets together at 2:00 PM on most Sundays at our main venue, the Bellingham Public Library (downstairs Lecture Room). Each Sunday's meetup location is indicated in the Meetup calendar (http://www.meetup.com/BellinghamChess/events/).

Chess players are offered the opportunity to meet and play with other chess players of all skill levels who generally come from Bellingham and the surrounding Whatcom county area. These casual games are free ... just come and go within the designated hours (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM).

If you have a good chess board/pieces (preferably regulation size), please bring it! Some people like to bring their chess clocks, too. If you don't have a chess board, you're still welcome to come out and play as the club has a limited number of chess sets.

During play if any dispute arises, World Chess Federation (FIDE) (https://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=171&view=article) rules apply. Several basic rules, for example:
• once piece is touched, it must be moved, if a legal move can be made
• once a piece is moved and released, it cannot be changed
• do not distract/annoy the opponent, do not talk if requested by opponent

Bellingham Knights will use this meetup group as a way to let people know about Whatcom County chess tournaments and other chess activities in the area. It's also a great way for us to create new chess meetups, events, and tournaments.

The chess group has started out as a recreational club but will evolve to include instruction and competition as it grows/matures. Beginners are always welcome. More specific goals will be defined later depending on member interest but may include chess tutoring, simultaneous play exhibitions, and preparing players for local and statewide chess tournaments. The club hopes to have several USCF-rated coaches and a chess master to help members become better chess players. In May 2016, Bellingham Knights became a USCF-affiliated club (ID# A6047170).

The club's goal is to keep the chess club aspect always free. To that end, the club relies on volunteers, donors and sponsors. The club is open to anyone of any age, nationality, religion or skill level. Chess is a 'common language' in the world.

Many thanks to the our current sponsors: ChessHouse.com (http://www.chesshouse.com/Default.asp) and Bellingham Public Library (http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org/).

It's FREE to join to become a member. We look forward to see you at our next chess gathering.

Happy Checkmating,
Steve Szirom
Organizer

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