Nearly 100 chess fans – students, teachers and parents alike – gathered in the City of Lauderhill this past Saturday for the latest round of Mayors’ Chess Challenge, played at the Lauderhill City Hall. The Lauderhill event marked the latest edition of the monthly chess events, spearheaded by Sunrise Mayor Mike Ryan to promote the benefits of the game for both schools and community.
From enthusiastic fourth graders to seasoned veterans of the game, local chess players from across the county tested their wits against each other. Friendly instructors were on hand to guide novices through the game. Meanwhile, local chess teams also came in the strut their stuff, including the Broward Sheriff Office’s Explorer Cadets. Local city mayors also got in on the action, such as Mayor of Tamarac Harry Dressler and host, Lauderhill Mayor Richard J. Kaplan.
“The tournaments have become great community events that allow residents to meet their local officials,” says Charlie Cuyler, Lauderhill’s Chess Club Coordinator. “Several chess clubs and organizations have toured to each event while many newcomers have made their very first chess moves.”
The event next heads to Coral Springs on January 23rd, at Mullins Hall in Mullins Park.