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In the photo we have long term member Garrett Bell. I met Garrett when attending the youth chess club that Bruce Lindman ran and coached some 15 or 16 years ago. Garrett learned how to play chess from Cheryl Stagg a friend of the Bell family. It brought a smile to Cheryl's face when she told me the story of when Garrett beat her for the first time. Cheryl said that Garrett went running through the house whooping and hollering in celebration. Trying to beat Garrett now a days is no easy task. I really enjoy having Garrett as a member in our club! Thank you for your membership Garrett.


P.S. Now that I put you on our website-will you let me win a game?


Roy Dotson – Founder Marysville Chess Club

Posted April 22 2022

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In photo 6 we have my friend and long term member Bruce Lindman. Bruce founded the Delaware Chess Club-AKA (The Hanging Pawns). Bruce also founded a youth chess club in cooperation with the Delaware County District Library on Winter Street where Bruce coached kids for years and years. Bruce set up blind simuls against local masters and speed tournaments for fun. Bruce still plays in tournaments and is actively running the Delaware Chess Club. Bruce is known for doing teaching games at club and has inspired many of us to be better chess players! Thanks for your membership at the Marysville Chess Club Bruce!


Roy Dotson - Founder Marysville Chess Club

Posted March 22 2022

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Posted February 22 2022

In photo 5 we have guest member Kathy Lin. When I think about the expression “a person who wears many hats” I think of Kathy. I met Kathy over a decade ago at a chess event that she was hosting. Turns out no matter what chess event or tournament I went to I would see Kathy.

Kathy learned to play chess from her father at the age of five and played in tournaments from fifth grade to ninth grade. It wasn't until her first year of teaching in San Antonio that she begin to pick chess back up. The principle there encouraged her to start an after school club. For the next couple years she was the chess coach and advisor. One of her proudest moments was during her last year there, she took about 20 kids to the Texas Scholastic State Championships where they came in second place!

Kathy moved back to Columbus in 2013 and co-founded the Columbus Chess Academy with the goal of promoting chess throughout central Ohio, especially in under served communities. They host summer chess camps, run tournaments, hosted coaches workshops, donated chess sets, clocks, books, and online memberships.


Whats more? Kathy is currently the Vice President and Treasurer of the Ohio Chess Association. She is a Senior Tournament Director and a FIDE National Arbiter. Kathy also assisted the Marysville Chess Club with our first rated tournament.

Wow right…Thank you, Kathy, for everything you do to promote chess!!

You can catch Kathy on Twitch where she does live chess streaming (

Roy Dotson - Founder Marysville Chess Club

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Posted 22 January 2022

In photo 4 we have long time member Richard Vail. Soon after we listed the Marysville Chess Club on the Ohio Chess Association’s website, we received an email from Richard. In this email Richard suggested that we come and play at the Delaware Chess Club founded by Bruce Lindman. So we joined them on Saturday mornings and they joined us on Thursday evenings. That was 17 years ago and can you believe we are still meeting.

About a year after starting the Marysville Chess Club I decided to host a chess cookout. Being very excited that we were going to play chess and have free food, Richard decided to lend support to my event. Ok ok it had nothing to do with the free food???? He loaned me tables, chairs, donated chess sets and clocks. I still host these chess cookouts for our members and Richard is still supporting the club but in different ways: Richard has managed to organize and run several United States Chess Federated tournaments hosted by the Marysville Chess Club. He even organized a non USCF tournament between the Marysville Chess Club and the Muskegon Chess Club, basically another Ohio vs Michigan rival. Richard worked with founder, Steve Dumas, of the Muskegon Chess Club to set it all up.  Next time you see Richard shake his hand um - errr ok just buy him a frosty.

Thank you, Richard Vail, for all your years of dedication and support to the Marysville Chess Club.


Roy Dotson - Founder Marysville Chess Club

Photo 3


In the photo 3 we have, Frank Phillips, Co-Founder of the Marysville Chess Club. We started this club so long ago but I remember like it was yesterday. After the fourth week of no one showing up I was ready to throw in the towel. Frank said “No, Roy, let’s give it another week and see what happens”. Well, I did sucker Frank into starting this club with me so I guess it would be wise to comply with his request (plus I didn’t want to get beat up). It is a good thing that I listened to Frank, here we are 17 years later with such a wonderful club. Thank you Frank for making me stick with it! And thank you for your friendship and support all these years!!


Roy Dotson - Founder Marysville Chess Club

Posted 22 December 2021

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In photo 1 we have, Joe Swindler (left).  Joe is stealing some chickens from Bruce Lindman (right).  Joe calls pawns chickens.  I think it's because Joe believes that pawns are food and that he is a hungry fox!  Be careful if you play Joe watch out for your chickens!!!

Roy Dotson - Founder Marysville Chess Club

Posted 22 October 2021

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Posted 22 November 2021

In photo 2 we have Mark Borders.  Mark loves to play chess and compete in tournaments.  As a matter of fact that is how I ( Roy Dotson) met Mark.  We can thank Mark for the designs on our club bling.  Mark designed our challenge coins, hats, and logos on each of them.  Thank you Mark!!

Roy Dotson - Founder Marysville Chess Club