Published: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 10:55 p.m.
When you hear the words "chess classes," you might think this is
somewhere you go to learn more about chess.
As it so happens, chess players give a whole different meaning to these terms.
Why? Because, in fact, "classes" are used in our game to divide players according to their playing abilities.
So, if you hear that someone is a Class A player, you should know that while he is not yet part of the "expert" or "master" class, he is better than a Class B player.
As a chess player gains experience and strength, he or she moves up in ratings through the different classes.
How do you gain these rating points and the classes that come with them? Only by playing in the national chess federation's sanctioned tournaments.
And while this may mean taking a trip somewhere, the weekend provides you with an opportunity to stay close to town and play.
Starting tonight, the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando will be hosting the 2005 edition of the Florida Class Championships.
For more information on playing in this event or if you would like to go watch, check out www.centralflchess.org.
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