Second Year Journalism and Communications student and
Intern with Holland College Marketing and Communications department
When Jorge Moreno arrived on Prince Edward Island for his studies in the fall of 2022, he knew he wanted to continue to play chess.
He searched on Facebook for a chess club on the Island. Jorge found the Chess PEI Association, and now he volunteers in order to to keep playing and practicing chess.
He helped the founder, Fred McKim, with the club promotions, which has helped increase the number of participants in the club’s tournaments.
Jorge is a first-year student in the Sport and Recreation Management program, and he leads the team in charge of the college’s newly formed chess club.
Jorge started playing chess in 2013 and has twice won the National University Team Chess Championship back in his home country of Peru.
Here on the Island, he has played his way up to the championship level and shown his dominance over the chess board and his opponents.
In just a few short months, he won the PEI Closed Chess Championship and the UPEI Winter Quick Chess Tournament. He is currently the highest-rated player in blitz chess in PEI.
He also came first in the UPEI Chess Fall Quick Tournament 2022 and second in the Maritimes Chess Championship 2022.
“Chess is an educational tool that helps you develop your academic habits like concentration, memory retention, calculation and problem-solving initiative,” says Jorge. “It has helped my concentration skills, which has made it easier for me to study.”
Moreno invites students and learning managers who have not yet found a competitive discipline that suits them to give chess a try and join the college’s club.
“The chess club goal is to make chess a competitive discipline, where students compete in chess tournaments in the future,” he said.
To join Holland College Chess Club, you can attend the club’s meeting every Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm in room 214 of McMillan Centre. For more information about the club, contact: Jorge Moreno at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured Top: Jorge Moreno poses with his PEI Closed Chess Championship trophy.
Pictured Right: Jorge Moreno smiles behind a chess board in the Charlottetown Centre cafeteria.
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Date: February 09, 2023