LIFE AT HHS: Chess Club Learns from national master
03/22/18: The Hingham Journal
Last week, the Hingham Public Library Chess Club’s chessmaster, Farzad Abdi, had another spectacular performance at the monthly chess simultaneous exhibition. He took on 20 players at once, with another stellar performance like that in November.
Abdi, a National Master in chess and a member of the Boylston Club in Cambridge, has been teaching the Hingham Chess Club for the past several months, and with amazing results. He teaches beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes, and has achieved amazing results with the improvement of players.
The chess club, which meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the library, has its own Facebook group, and, according to Nikolas Praschma, currently a freshman at Hingham High School, “offers a great experience for all who are passionate about the game...it also holds events like the chess simul for players of all levels to enjoy.”
Praschma is also a member of the Hingham High Chess Club. He started chess last year and now he plays at tournaments regularly, and attends the advanced classes without fail. He is looked up to in both clubs, and even teaches high schoolers strategy at the Hingham High Chess Club.
Prachma was ranked #19 in the simul, the second highest rating, and had the longest game of the day, a true nail-biter against Mr. Abdi, which ended with the last few pieces left in play. Abdi had a horse and a pawn, soon to be promoted into a queen, while Praschma had two pawns near Farzad’s side, ready to be promoted. In the end, Abdi came out victorious, by miraculously stopping both pawns when it seemed Praschma was in a winning position.
The Hingham Chess Club, currently led by Nate Bosnian and Will Thomas, was started by Cameron and Colin Bonnell just a few years ago. With the help of Latin teacher Justin Minihane, it has blossomed into an environment where students look forward to every Monday and Friday morning, instead of dreading it.
Praschma says, “people might think that chess is a very mentally draining and intense game, but it doesn’t have to be. Lots of laughter and cheers is something I look forward to every Monday and Friday morning.”
JD Hernberg is a senior at Hingham High School. When not representing HHS in quiz bowl, chess or hacky sack, he can be found happily snacking on a jar of peanut butter at his home.