Every Thursday at lunch in room 219, one of VP’s most successful teams meet. These people rely on mental strength, rather than physical strength, to play a game that has been around for centuries.Ladies and gentlemen, I am talking about the one and only chess club.

VP’s chess team has competed at the city and provincial championships almost every year, led by a dynamic duo.

“Chess isn’t a very popular sport at VP right now. More people need to understand that it’s not only for nerds,” said the club’s co-leader Arvin Farhang.

Kevin Wu, the other leader, strongly agreed.

“I think chess deserves way more recognition than it’s been getting. Arvin and I have been playing this since we were young. It is fun,” said Wu.

VP placed first in provincials two years ago and has consistently remained in the top five rankings for the past seven years.

The leaders, individually, have also done extremely well. Last year, Kevin placed fifth at nationals, in the under 16 category.

Arvin has also consistently placed in the top ten in Ontario for the past eight years.

However, at the end of the day, the two co-leaders of VP’s chess club and team play this sport because of their passion. They truly hope that in the near future, many others in the school will love it as much as they do right now.