Jose Chavarri and Jacob Beverly, two members of the Wallowa County Chess Club (WCCC) are going to be participating in the 21st Dave Collyer Memorial Open Chess Tournament in Spokane, Wash., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23-24.
Chavarri is an AFS Exchange student from Los Angeles Chile, staying with the Carl Sanders family in Enterprise this year. Beverly is a resident of Enterprise.
Clem Falbo, WCCCs tournament director, who notes that the tournament in Spokane is sanctioned by the United States Chess Federation (USCF), says its a very strong contest. A number of chess Experts and Masters as well as players of many other levels usually participate.
Bill Roberts, president of WCCC, says Chavarri and Beverly are the clubs two strongest players and he expects them to do very well in the Spokane tourney.
Wallowa County Chess Club support for the pairs participation includes sponsoring their membership in the USCF and their entry fees in the tournament.
The WCCC meets every Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph. From time to time, the club sponsors free chess lessons on Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m.