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Carrie Snyder, Published February 05 2012

Portraits: Brian Thompson

For the past 40 years, Brian Thompson has been challenging his mind and opponents with a game of chess. The West Fargo man can be found most Friday nights at the downtown Fargo Subway playing, teaching and supervising the ChessNuts Chess Club, which he started about 10 years ago. “I enjoy it because it’s something I can do to be creative, and you’re always learning something,” said Thompson, 51. “It’s a nice break to sit down and play a game.” Thompson’s father taught him how to play chess at age 12, and he began to excel in the game. He soon began to teach his friends so he could have more opponents. Now he teaches players of all ages and skill levels through the chess club, which is free and open to anyone interested in learning about chess. “I kind of go with the flow to do whatever is needed to keep people interested,” Thompson said. “Is it a hobby or an obsession? I don’t know.”