Len Molden (left) is pleased see more people come out to join their Saturday Chess Club at the Qualicum Beach Library. — Michael Briones photo

Len Molden (left) is pleased see more people come out to join their Saturday Chess Club at the Qualicum Beach Library. — Michael Briones photo

New chess club starts up in Qualicum Beach

Replaces Bishops of Bowser, which shut down operations in September

After the Bishops of Bowser chess club stopped meeting in September, Len Molden worked on filling in the gap for the chess community.

Since the new club started up on Oct. 5, Molden said new players have been joining in, probably because of the new location closer to Parksville.

For Molden, chess is a part of his life. He’s been playing since he was 12, and is now 59.

“Nowadays you can also play chess online, but I still enjoy actually, you know, playing in person with someone,” Molden said.

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Although Molden started playing chess because it was fun, it’s now become more. He’s become increasingly interested in the effect it can have on memory retention.

The new club meets at the Qualicum Beach Library from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday. There’s no fee to join, and all players are welcome.

cloe.logan@pqbnews.com

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