Saturday, December 7 will witness the first Duel in the Desert between chess clubs representing Doña Ana Community College (DACC) and El Paso Community College (EPCC). The competition will take place at the Valle Verde Campus of EPCC, 919 Hunter Drive in El Paso with the first match kicking off at 10:15 am.
This team event will feature four participants from each college squaring off in a match of chess. The DACC team features Jesse Vick, Arshia Parsheh of Arrowhead Park Early College High School, Will Barela and Sophia Moore, a dual credit student with DACC. The hometown EPCC will have Ruben Ramirez, Christine Calma, David Jones and Jeremy White playing.
The match came about from a chance encounter of chess enthusiasts from each team at a Student Government Association meeting in Washington DC. The DACC Student Government Association continues to grow and now includes 21 different clubs ranging from clubs designed to help students seeking degrees, to public service organizations and hobby pursuits.
DACC Coach Will Barela hopes this will become an annual event and promote the game of chess throughout the Borderland. “Chess is a great game,” Barela said. “We are very excited to play with EPCC. The goal of this competition is to encourage everyone to come join the fun we share on the chess board.”
Team DACC has played in several matches recently including the New Mexico Open competition in Albuquerque on November 7, 2019.
Chess is a game shared by millions of people around the world. It consists of two players moving 16 game pieces with the goal to checkmate the opponent. The first world chess championship occurred in 1886.