The East Georgia State College Chess Team competed in the 2018 Georgia Collegiate Team State Championship on April 14, 2018 in Roswell, Ga. The collegiate team matches were hosted by Grand Master Ben Finegold at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Atlanta. The Bobcat scholar-participants were Team Captain and Correll Scholar Daniel Rodriguez-Teran of, Hannon Shepard of Kite, Dillion Price of Adrian, and Correll Scholar Eric Vilches of Metter.
“I am very proud of all our players! They fought hard all day playing deep into the clock every round,” noted Professor Jim Beall, Assistant Professor of Education and coach of the EGSC chess team. “Our team captain, Daniel, faced the top players from every opponent and went toe to toe with players ranked over 1600. The EGSC team is excited about participating again next year and plans to enter some regional tournaments. Dillion Price was our stand-out player, going 2 for 2 and winning games against Mercer and the University of North Georgia.”
Chess is a proven contributor to the advancing of student critical thinking skills and is part of East Georgia State College’s strategic plan as a means of community outreach to improve critical thinking.
“Professor Beall, along with Professor Mike Lisenby and others, have created a network of highly engaged and success chess programs in surrounding school systems, and are to congratulated for their efforts,” commented Dr. Lee Cheek, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at East Georgia State College.
Chess games are a common occurrence in the library every day of the week at East Georgia State College! If you are interested in joining the club or learning how to play, drop by or email firstname.lastname@example.org.