Clermont’s chess lovers soon will be able to connect virtually.

The City of Clermont’s Parks and Recreation Department is launching a Virtual Chess Club. The club will convene weekly at 6 p.m. Thursdays starting April 1.

“This is the latest virtual program city staff has innovated to provide during the COVID-19 pandemic as a safe option for our community,” Parks and Recreation Director Scott Davidoff said. “We are excited to get players signed up.”

The free Champions for a Lifetime program allows players to see who else is online and to challenge whomever they choose to a game.

Registration is required; email Amy Dingman at

Other virtual city programs have been successful. Virtual Bingo attracted twice the participants that the in-person program previously drew.

The City of Clermont’s Champions for a Lifetime programming offers Clermont’s seniors and nonresidents social activities, fitness classes, games, discussion groups, guest lectures, field trips and more at no cost unless otherwise noted.

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