Club History--Club name changed to Springfield Chess Club (of Springfield, Missouri--August 2020)
We are a club in good standing with the United States Chess Federation located in Springfield, Missouri. The club was founded during the Fischer boom of the early 1970's. Originally, the playing sites were in various places around Springfield with the Meador Park's Swim House being one of the locations in the mid 1970's. We moved to the Ray Kelly Community Center in the early 1980's, which has since been renamed the Southside Senior Center after major renovations to the complex. We meet Friday nights from 7-11 p.m. Contact with the club is limited to our email addresses found on the home page or through our contact page. While the Club meets most every Friday night from 7pm to 11pm, during other hours, the building functions as the Southside Senior Center and you will not reach a club representative by calling the facility.
Our former webpage was www.geocities.com/SpringfieldChessClub (created and maintained by Mark Trevor Smith), but when Geocities was closed, this website was created as an online home for the Springfield Park Board Chess Club. Many of the archives from the former site that were available have been transferred to this new address . As the website evolves, the intent is to represent current and former member's games in the "Games" page and the "Games with Notes" page. The main intent of this site is historical in nature, but it also tries to communicate current happenings at the Club to try and preserve the Club's legacy from past to present. Also, we ask that you see the "Navigation" page for directions for use of the site. Many of the founding members are no longer with us, but in an attempt to honor their contributions to the success of the club, we will post their old game scores as they become available and make reference where we can to their efforts and the development of the club. If you were a member and have photos or articles that reference the club please let us know. As you peruse the photos of the last 4 decades and you see any errors in identification or if you feel more information is necessary on the photos, let us know that too. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or use our Contact Us page to send along your suggestions.
In efforts to promote chess and the club to the greater-Springfield community, we have publicized the club through posters (found on the home page), club t-shirts (No longer available at this time 02/11/11). We have redesigned some club materials such as the game sheet and the club's bookmark. Embroidered polo shirts are available upon request with the club's name on the upper left breast area. These are made to order.
As former club president Jim Baumlin was fond of saying, "Never too much chess!" and "What would Bill Brasky say?"
updated 11 February 2011