At most kids' chess tournaments, the parents are relegated to waiting in hallways or parking lots while the children compete. At the recent second annual "Mini Me" Charity Chess Tournament, sponsored by the Chess Club of Fairfield County, parents were plucked from the sidelines to play as a team with their child.

The event raised several hundred dollars for charity, with the top three teams choosing their favorite nonprofits. Among the recipients were the Red Cross, City Harvest (fighting hunger in New York City), and the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (a camp designed for children fighting serious illnesses). One beneficiary of Mini-Me donations was Rook & Roll, a nonprofit founded by local 12-year-old Alexander Paolozzi to help sponsor chess programs in under served communities.

Rich and Zachary Tanenbaum came in first with a perfect score of 10 wins and no losses. In second place were David and Jason Lessing, who scored 7 points out of a possible 10; followed by Eric and Emma Strauss, who scored 6.5 out of 10.

The Chess Club of Fairfield County is a resource for educational and recreational chess programs in the region, serving players of all skill levels. Educational services include private instruction, group lectures and chess camps. Recreational services include casual play, USCF-rated tournaments, and team matches. The dedicated chess center is open Friday from 5:30 to 10 p.m., on Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 2 p.m.

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