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Happy 4th of July

New Member of the Jackson Mich Chess Club pondering a move

New Member of the Jackson Mich Chess Club pondering a move

Jimio saying *Happy 4th of July* to all the Schachspielers out there. Have fun, grill some brats, hotdogs, steaks, chicken or ribs and chop up that toss salad and don’t forget to have a chess set on the picnic table, ready for battle. *Cheers*

Spring is here and so is Chess

Playing Chess outside the Jackson Coffee Company

Playing Chess outside the Jackson Coffee Company

When you hear the birds and see the buds on the trees, you naturally should think about outdoor chess. My rating goes up 35 points when I breathe in that sweet flower scented air and hear the sounds of birds and people laughing as the stroll along the sidewalk. The strong aromatic smell of coffee is an added bonus to clear my senses. Anyways, I ran into these 2 fine gentelmen engaged in a most Royal Battle. They picked a fantastic spot and decided to let their cares and worries dissolved into the games. This is Jimio saying get outdoors and get some exercise and above all *Play Outdoor Chess*

Chess Set on Steroids

Giant Chess Set at the Westwood Mall

Giant Chess Set at the Westwood Mall

This huge chess set recently arrived at the Westwood Mall in Jackson, Michigan. They are sturdy thick plastic pieces with some weight added inside so that they will not tip over easily. The Westwood Mall was opened in 1972, so it has been 43 years that Jackson chess connoisseurs have waited to be able to play and analyze their games on such a large scale. A set this size you give you a new dimension in dep th and a greater outlook at observing variations. There are even giant checker pieces that are stacked on a rolling rack for all the checker enthusiasts. The only problem I see with this set is the pawns are almost as tall as the bishops and you can mistake a pawn for a bishop if you are not careful. This is Jimio saying: *Chess for Fun* *Come down to Westwood Mall and give the Giant Set a try*

Chess Old Style

1800s Chess Set at Mann House in Concord Michigan

1800s Chess Set at Mann House in Concord Michigan

One day my sister and I decided to ride our bikes through the city of Concord Michigan. Its a beautiful small town about 15 miles west of Jackson. We stopped at this big Victorian Home called the Mann House. built in 1884, Daniel Sears Mann and his wife constructed this house themselves so that their 2 daughters Jessie Ellen and Mary Ida could attend Concord School. Jessie lived there until she died in 1969 and then her home became a Museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Chess Set reminds me of one that Paul Morphy would have used and I am certain the Mann family played chess since most of the furnishings inside the home are original.

The Winter Blues are here. Take the edge off with some Chess!

New member Darrell putting the moves down

New member Darrell putting the moves down

Things can get pretty boring this time of year. The skies are grey and the sidewalks are hazardous. Even the TV shows have nothing but repeats. One thing good about chess is, every game will be different. So if your looking to kill some time while enjoying it, come on down to a whole new world of chess. If you want to save the world or take over the world its possible over the chess board. This is Jimio saying *Chess for Fun* *Chess for Relaxation* and *Chess to relieve Boredom*

Merry Christmas 2014 from Jackson Chess Club

DSC07100 Rudy, Jimio and Dave saying Merry Christmas from the Jackson Chess Club next to the Cottage Inn tree. Lets hope at least 1 inch only falls on Christmas Eve night to help Santa’s sleigh slide better! *Merry Chessmas* and a *Happy Rook Year*

Chess at the Club

A nice relaxing evening of chess.

A nice relaxing evening of chess.

There is no better feeling than sitting down to a nice leisurley game of chess, maybe nibble on some pizza or a scrumptious salad washed down be an ice cold beverage. While your opponent is thinking you can gander at the TV or even play with your smartphone. Or the ancient art of conversing with a fellow club member can’t be ruled out! This is Jimio saying *Chess for Fun*


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