Ryan and students continue Medical Lake chess tradition

Al Stover's Desk

Chess Club 4

After most Medical Lake Middle School students have left school for the day, several of their classmates sit quietly in a classroom, hovering over a chessboard and waiting for their opponent’s move.

The Medical Lake Middle School Chess Club had its final meeting, March 30, with a mini-tournament where students showed off the skills they learned in the last couple of months.

Paul Ryan, a parent volunteer and the club’s adviser started a chess club at the elementary school where his son Jeremy was a student. He later brought the club to the middle school where it’s stayed ever since. Ryan has been playing since he was a child.

“My father swears he taught me when I was 4 or 5,” Ryan said. “By the time I was 12, he couldn’t beat me. I was inspired to create a chess club in school because I thought it was a shame…

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