I was recently asked by Ford Osborn to contact the Mountain Democrat about the Placerville Area Chess Club history. So, here goes.
The club began meeting in 1972 at the log cabin in Benham Park, during Bobby Fischer’s prominence. After a month or two, the location was changed to the Senior Center on Pacific St. A year or two later, it began meeting at Denny’s Restaurant on Main Street where it continued until around the end of 1987. In 1984, a tournament was held with many participating, including a local medical doctor or two.
The club resumed meeting on Aug. 1, 1995 at Denny’s Diner, near the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.
Several things of interest have happened since the club’s resumption, including many tournaments (one was featured with photos by the Mountain Democrat), a simultaneous match by a master in which 15 players participated, and a match with the Chess Club of Woodland which was drawn, 8-8.
The Placerville Area Club continues meeting each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Denny’s Diner in Placerville. Everyone is welcome, including all ages, and there are no dues.