If you’ve ever wanted to play chess with a Tacoma City Councilman, now’s your chance.
Marty Campbell recently sent a Facebook message to Seattle City Council President Sally Clark to challenge anyone on the Seattle City Council to a chess match.
Perhaps to preserve her city’s honor, Clark turned him down. She told Campbell she played at a grade-school level and didn’t know if anyone else on her council played.
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Sometimes the only winning move is not to play.
Clark then suggested a different opponent.
“You should try (state Attorney General) Bob Ferguson,” she wrote.
Apparently Ferguson has a reputation as a tough opponent.
So far Campbell hasn’t asked Ferguson for a game, but Campbell said during the Tuesday City Council meeting that he welcomes all challengers.
“Oct. 12 is National Chess Day when everyone is encouraged to go to a tournament and pull out a board … or teach it to a youth,” he said at the meeting.
As of Thursday Campbell said he’s still waiting for someone to take him up on his offer.
“I would be glad to meet anyone at a coffee shop and play,” Campbell said.
Campbell assured me that, while he was a state champion in high school, these days he plays at a lower level with a U.S. Chess Federation rating of 1,234 (essentially a novice).
Campbell is also helping to teach the Lincoln High School chess team.
"It looks like they have some phenomenal players," he said.
You can set up a match by calling or emailing Campbell’s City Council office: 253-591-5166, firstname.lastname@example.org.