The Jackson Chess Club was started by Andrew H Palmi in 1920. They met at Jackson City Hall building. Palmi’s business was only about 1 block away. The “Palmi Art Studio” and the sign said: “Artistic Photography in all its branches. Home portraiture a specialty. -Andrew Palmi, Proprietor”. It was located at 117 S. Mechanic Street on the 1st floor of the “American Bluilding and Loan Association” building. Andrew Palmi was born on Blondous Island in southwest Iceland 1888 and emmigrated to the USA. He also published a book of Poems. Palmi started the Michigan Chess Association which is the State Organization of the United States Chess Federation. He also started the first Michigan Open to determine the Chess Champion of Michigan. Around 1950 the new YMCA was built and the Jackson Chess Club moved there. In 1962 Andrew Palmi died and Arthur Derouin took the reins and became President. Heart problems led Art to turn over the Presidency to Semen Sam Doroshko. Sam still attends the Club and is quite healthy at age 90. Around about 1985 Sam turned over the Club to Looie Baze then after some turmoil in which the President became Douglas Forsythe and then me, Jimio, the Club started meeting at the Jackson Library. The hours were too short for our taste so we settled on Hardees on West Ave. Around 1996 or 1997 Hardees closed so the club moved to West Side Deli on Argyle Street. After that closed the Jackson Chess Club now enjoys its present location at Cottage Inn Pizza 1208 West Michigan Ave.