Chess enthusiasts geeked up over annual tourney
By Tom Hacker
Among the odd couples who sat at tables facing one another at The Ranch on Sunday, one of the oddest was a slight 12-year-old boy and a barrel-chested man, 60-something, with a tangle of white hair.
Neither was able to speak, since they were locked in a chess duel that each expected might last three hours. Nabil Spann, 12, and Ed Cronin, age approximate, were among 46 players who gathered for the weekend-long Loveland Open Chess Tournament, an event sponsored by the Loveland Chess Club that’s in its 37th year.
A geeky game, chess. The players will tell you so. Even the event organizer, Randy Reynolds, wears his geekdom as a badge of honor.
“Yeah, I guess I would say it’s sort of a geek thing,” Reynolds said.
He is an electrical engineer at Intel Corp. in Fort Collins. He is wearing a T-shirt that says, “Chess Rocks.” He drives a Toyota Matrix with a vanity plate that reads “CHEKM8.”
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