Chess Club looks for new members, assembles tournament teams

Riley TerBush

With the Scholastic Chess of Indiana (SCI) tournament coming up in March, Julian Knudson, president of Chess Club and senior, is looking to recruit people to represent CHS. “I’m trying to reach out to people at Carmel High School who are good at chess,” he said.
Knudson will form one to three teams to send to the tournament, depending on how many students are able to attend.
The tournament costs $48 per team, and there is also a $5 fee to get a United States Chess Federation (USCF) membership, which allows members to see how they rank against other chess players. “USCF-rated games are the only games that actually matter for placing nationally—or internationally, actually,” Knudson said.
Owen Eckart, treasurer of the club and sophomore, will collect the tournament fees. “I just think (the tournament is) really fun, and you get to play chess,” he said.
Knudson said the tournament’s environment is different from usual club meetings. “When you’re actually in that setting, you have to be smart—your sole goal is to win,” he said.
“I really want to get that number one trophy,” he said. “It means a lot more to me than it does to them—that’s not trying to be arrogant or anything—I’ve been here for three years, and we’ve gotten second or third place every year. Going out on top would be awesome.”
Chess Club will continue to meet every Monday after school until 4:30 p.m.
Club sponsor Robert Holman said he defers all decisions to students. By Riley TerBush