At Quinsigamond Community College excitement is brewing with the upcoming visit of International Chess Master Marc Esserman. On Saturday, March 24, QCC will be hosting an event known as a chess simul, whereby any chess players will have the opportunity to play a game of chess against Mr. Esserman. For those unfamiliar with a chess simul, this is when one player, generally a high ranking chess player, simultaneously plays multiple players. The high ranking chess player makes his/or her move and then goes on to the next player, going down the line.This will continue until all games are finished. QCC’s chess simul entry fee is $10 per player and is open to the public.
“He could be playing 10 people or 30 or more at one time. It just depends on who comes to play. Marc is my friend and also my coach. I’m looking forward to playing him,” said QCC Professor and Chess Club Advisor Jerry Williams. “I’ve seen him play 4 and 5 people blindfolded. In fact, his coach used to the coach of World Champion Bobby Fisher.”
Mr. Esserman, who is currently ranked 60th by the U.S. Chess Federation, will also be available at the end of the simul to answer questions and sign his book, which will also be offered for sale.
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. in the QCC cafeteria in the Administration building on the college’s main campus. The chess simul starts at 9:30 a.m. and will end at 4:00 p.m. Children are required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Questions? Contact Professor Jerry Williams at 508.335.0692.