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How I Started A Chess Club


Chess the game of kings, a game played for thousands of year and thousands of generations. A game that every man should play just like golf. A game where Fathers and sons can sit down and settle differences and bond. 


A game that that brings friends as competitors and enemies as friends. Chess is the full body mental workout your mind needs for creativity, problem solving and analytics. 


That’s why I created a Chess Club and what I have learned from its experience.  With that said I just want to give you an overall how I created and how you too can start your own Chess Club. 






All clubs have house rules it’s a fact. Country Clubs have them, the local yacht club has them and even the math club has them. Here is a list of rules. 


A: All members in good standing must have their own Chess boards to participate. 

This is rule is enforced by me and my cofounder. This is by far the single most important rule of the club. 


B: Online play is acceptable for practice but not for keeping score. Why this strange rule? Because some players in the office told me they had no time to do a sit down game. So I was accomidating schedules by allowing online games and accepting the scores. Well turns out one of the member replayed the game through a simulator and discovered that people were using bots to cheat. 


C: Learn to Lose Chess is one of those games that will humble you after a losing. Some might go i with a huge ego to try to always win but learning to lose helps you understand where your weakness are especially if you face a strong player. 


D: Speaking of strong players learn to teach always be willing to show your opponent where they lost take the time to do a replay. Not only is it instructional but it’s also fun. 


E: TRASH TALK IS A MUST nothing says say fun then having some good old fashion trash talk. 





Getting started was as simple as sending out and email to fellas in the in the office and the turnout was more than I expected. Over 11 guys in the office turned out all eager to participate and be a part of the club.


The need for me getting this club off the ground in the office was something that looked almost as stress released. With enthusiasm I would have guys emailing when the games would begin,


I created the first rule of having your own chess board for every member therefore if anyone wanted to play they would not waste their lunch time waiting on a board to become available.


Besides having your own board also keeps that motivation going and folks in the office were not limited to only playing on game day (usually is Wednesday that’s when most could attend).


2017 was my trial year and I had started the by creating a season similar to any sporting event with minds of creating a play off and championship including a Chess Cup.


Now I can’t say that I am following the FIDE system for points but all members agree on the following:


Win 3 points

Tie 1 point

Loss 0 points



Having created this club was something that a lot guys have approached me in the office telling me thank you. It clearly shows by the reactions that it was needed to a sense of bringing guys together a healthy completive was to blow of steam while in the office.


As you can tell this was a just a simple post but wanted to share that its just as simple as getting guys together and begin a club.


You can start your own club too and if your looking to get the same Chess board  and the Clocks we they are available on amazon.


Also gents if your looking for a fun channel not only to learn but watch great matches check out Coffee Chess channel on YouTube. This channel inspired our club.


Till next time

The Spaniard


Reflections 2017 & Manifesto 2018


Happy New Years Gentlemen 2017 came and went. The race is of and we are at the start of 2018 so taking a moment to reflect on all accomplishments and improvement opportunities for the 2017 calendar year.

I can’t believe I wrote this article a year ago Manifesto 2017. I follow it  up with  Reflections: A Look Back at 2015-2016.

I can say that 2017 was a good year a lot  has happened and still happening. The year came like a roller coaster and as we know with all the downs come ups.

Let’s start of this post with being GRATEFUL.

  1. Health: after what have seems like a two year struggle I have reached that ever elusive goal of being off my meds since 2015. It was an incredible struggle but as of October 2017 doctor finally got me off any medications.
  2. Family: back in May my father suffered a heart attack and I was un able to travel at the time my passport was expired and I was away on business. Thanks to my cousins and uncle they were able to be there for my father while I was struggling to get back home and resolve passport issue. Since the heart attack was only minor my father was sent home after a couple days.
  3. Travel: speaking of family im blessed that I was able to resolve all issue regarding my passport both USA & and SPAIN’S passport that as I’m writing this, I’m actually sitting back at a coffee shop in Spain with my family (Evernote is great). Traveling home for the holidays it gives me great pleasure say humbly Thank you for allowing my father another opportunity to spend time with family.
  4. Work & Weatlh: Last but not least thank you for another year of work. While I mention several times over that I want to escape the corporate world called SHAWSHANK. I don’t want to confuse it for me being ungrateful. I have been with the same company day in and day out for the last 24 years, but at 46 I now see that there is more to life then being in charge of a cubicle farm. I am grateful for the steady pay check but now the online world of business is calling me and I know my Solomon’s mine is out there for me to seize. Last I want to say thank you, for the first 20 dollars total I made online for 2017.


Let’s discuss 2017 Manifesto:

I wrote my 2017 Manifesto because of the struggles I had 2015 and 2016 that I need a way to ground myelsf and get the gears rolling for 2017 after loosing my rhythm. I wanted set some small accomplishments that I feel a total satisfactions completing them.

Podcast:  I finally was able to launch the podcats and I am really excited about the prospects of getting guess on the show.

Books: I read a couple of finance  books and business books and some others ones this years such as:

  1. The Sell by Fredrick Eklund.
  2. How To Speak Money by John Lanchester.
  3. How To Get Rich by Felix Dennis.
  4. Control by Jordan Van Bravo.
  5. I’m Not A serial Killer by Dan Wells
  6. Invisible Resident by Ivan t Sanderson.
  7. MoonWalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
  8. Epictetus Enchirion.
  9. The Warrior Ethos by Stephen Pressfield.
  10. Chosen Soldier by Dick Couch.
  11. Lion in the Whitehouse by Aida D. Donald.
  12. The Survivor by John Goddard
  13. Destination Truth by Josh Gates.
  14. New World Ronin by Victor Pride.
  15. The Gunslinger by Stephen King.
  16. Muscle Up by P.D. Mangan.
  17. Down to Sheol by M.T.White.
  18. Profitable Social Media By  Tim Kitchen.
  19. Peak by Titus Hauer.


Well I read 19 books in all for 2017 not bad compared to previous years. My Instagram does show these books and other books too however I never finished those books. I am looking forward to raised the bar and continue reading more books as well as finishing the ones I started.


Accomplish at least five in 2017 from my Life Manifesto:

Do to time constraints and work and let’s not forget a Hurricane Irma last year I was only able to do two of my goals how I bench press 250 pounds and I was able to get the podcats started.

Project Alexandria:  Sadly I started but once again time constraints did not allow me actually to contienue documenting all my books for ever growing library.

Getting Back in Shape: another of failed accomplishment yes I did bench press 250 pounds but i was not able to bring my weight down. Medication I was on contribute to my frustration and lack of motivation to get the gym.

Playing more Golf for 2017: I did play more Golf and I actually started making contacts online to create an online business. Also started making connections with golf courses to create a travel site for enthusiastic golfer coming to Florida.

Now most wont admit to failures in my own opinion I rather share with my audience what I was able to accomplish and where I have failed. Why? Because I’m human and I’m prone to demonstrate that not everything goes as planned.


Manifesto 2018:

Manifesto #1. For 2018 complete five of my accomplishments on The Life Manifesto.

Manifesto #2. Get back in shape: yes I am being corny and total cliché but it is what it is.

Manifesto #3. read more books: no brainer here they say to be a great writer you need to be a great reader

Manifesto #4. Project Alexandria absolutely this is a must. After all I want to document all my books in my collection.

Manifesto #5. Podcast oh but wait Spaniard you already started the podcast yes I did and anyone can start one but it’s the momentum to support it. Bring guess on have a conversation and create an experience.

My 2017 reflections shows I had a productive year and over all personal satisfactions. 2018 will be a challenging year and I look forward to it.

The Spaniard.