Chess players parley in Whatcom County

The Bellingham Chess and Coffee Meetup group recently announced its new Sunday afternoon chess playing gatherings at Haggen’s Barkley Market Street Cafe, 2900 Woburn St. Bellingham resident Steve Szirom, who’s coordinating the group, says players of all ages and skill levels can drop by anytime starting at 2 p.m. to meet other local players and play chess. Szirom, who has played chess since he was 7, said the group’s goals will reflect members’ interests, but could include chess tutoring, simultaneous-play exhibitions, and preparation for local and state tournaments.