February, a brief review
Since the Tucson Chess Center opened the doors for our Grand Opening on February 3rd we have hosted over 100 USCF Rated games and around the same number of casual games. We are still working to find that magical formula that will bring in more players and we are working to fine tune these points as we head into March.
On the whole we are happy with the attendance thus far for our first month. We anticipated that things would be a bit slow as people learned that there is actually a brick and mortar place to come play chess, to learn chess and to socialize with fellow chess players. Still, we have people who prefer to hang out at restaurants and coffee shops and really have no idea what we are all about. Some know we are here and that Rob and Steve have sunk a good deal of money into making a place to come play, yet they opt to do their best at hanging on to the ideal of being a big fish in a very small pond by playing in unorganized coffee house games.
Don't get me wrong, it is a lot of fun playing social games with friends, that's why we have set up Wednesdays as a social night. So, to all of you hanging out at Panera Bread, Bookman's, Village Inn and whatnot, I encourage you to stop by and support a local business that is directly and unflinchingly focused on promoting your hobby - chess! If you can make it to the center once a month it will go a long way in making the difference in our endeavor being a success.
We are optimistic about the future of the Chess Center and are planning for bigger and better things to come.
Part of our upcoming schedule will be to offer classes and lectures on Sundays and possibly Mondays. This next Sunday, March 4th, we will hold a mini-camp/lecture that will be fitting for many player of all ages and strengths and may be fitting for players looking to return to the game. Starting Sunday, March 11th we will be offering group lessons for beginners and more advanced players.
Stay tuned for more details...