Chico Christian Chess Club
The Chico Christian Chess Club meets after school on Thursdays from 3:00 until 4:00. This time gives the students who do not have the elective chess class or who want to play more chess, an opportunity to meet with other chess players and compete once a week. In addition, students from other local schools are invited to attend. This allows for all of the players to compete regularly with other students who they will play against in the Sacramento Valley Scholastic Chess League. The players are assigned games based on their playing ability and they use a chess clock to insure that they are able to play several games from 3:00 to 3:30. At that time all of the students are put in a tournament format where they play "bughouse" one week and king or queen of the hill the next week. During "bughouse" they play with a partner assigned to them based on their individual performances. During king or queen of the hill, they play 3-minute games using speed chess or "blitz" rules.
Chess Instructor Bill Bynum
Bill has taught chess ever since he broke into teaching in 1972. He worked at the Biggs Unified School District from then until he retired in 2003. During that time he ran the Biggs Chess Club and took them to the Northern California Chess Championships every year. His teams won two state championships during that span and four of his players were individual state champions. Mr. Bynum was selected as the Northern Californian Chess Coach of the Year in 1995 by CalChess.
After Bill retired in 2003, he helped to found the Sacramento Valley Scholastic Chess League with the help of several other local chess teachers. The league has since grown to include over a dozen schools from the Yuba City, Oroville, Biggs, Chico and Corning areas. In 2011-2012, it may expand to the Redding area.
Bill is an official tournament director who has been certified by the United States Chess Federation. He is also a tournament player with a class B over the board rating of 1611. He presently teaches chess here at Chico Christian and at several other local area schools, including Biggs, Sierra View, Parkview, and Bidwell. He has also taught previously at Marigold, Neal Dow, Chapman, Chico Country Day, Chico High, and Chico Junior in Chico, and Ophir (Oroville), Palermo, and Manzanita (Gridley).