Game On

Chess is a game that challenges your wits and your memory, forcing players to think ten moves ahead in order to win. It’s hard, but it’s nothing compared to Simultaneous Chess, which pits one chess master, Todd Bardwick, against forty people at once. “It gives the game of chess some good exposure,” says Bardwick, “but it also offers players a chance to play against a master.”

The structure of the game gives players four or five minutes to respond to Bardwick’s moves before he walks around and makes his next one, giving even inexperienced players enough time to choose a tactic. Still, it’s not easy; Bardwick says he wins 85 to 90 percent of the games during these exhibitions. If you can muster the brains to beat him, you’ll be awarded a certificate to prove it.

To participate, make a move to the food court at Colorado Mills, 14500 West Colfax Avenue, today at 11:30 a.m. The games run from noon to 6 p.m.; it costs $5 to participate, but it’s free to watch. For more information, visit
Sat., April 30, 12-6 p.m., 2011

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Thorin Klowsowski