Polish off your king, queen, rooks and pawns because the Fort McMurray Chess Club is looking to host the largest Simultaneous Chess Exhibition the city has ever seen, at the Public Library next week.
They're looking for 30 competitors, and expert player Marc Sicotte says, the club is looking to share the worldly game with the community.
"Chess is played everywhere in the world; it's like a universal language," Sicotte said. "You can make friends anywhere, not just Canada. You can go to Russia, or any other place where you don't speak the language, and you can still get into contact with people very easily with a game like chess."
Sicotte says The Oil Sands city has been kind to him, and this event is his way of giving back, adding he's hoping he'll inspire people to participate.
"In this environment where we can have everything very quickly, we can satusfy our needs very quickly, just go on the internet or play a video game," Sicotte said. "People don't like to sit and think. You know for chess, especially if you want to play in tournaments, you have to study; it's very difficult. In a sense you could say its like a lost art."
Sicotte says he's looking to share with the community a game he dearly loves.
The game is so rich. you're never going to play the same game twice in your lifetime; it's very fascinating," Sicotte said. "The types of emotions chess players actually feel during a game could be compared to parachuting, or extreme sports like that. It's kind of funny in a sense because you see two players, they're not moving, but everything is going on in their minds."
Those looking to register for the September 15th competition are encouraged to call 715-9332.