Jervis to host board game tournament

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Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., has announced its first ever two-player board game tournament.

Players may register until Feb. 19 and play qualifying games until March 2. Qualifying players will be scheduled for knockout rounds later in March. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers.

“I wanted to raise awareness of our circulating game collection, and I thought it would be fun to run a tournament like the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments with ‘March Madness’-style elimination rounds that end in victory for one player,” said Peter Chien, Jervis Library’s chief librarian for public digital literacy and the organizer of the tournament.

“The circulating games are ones available to check out and play inside the library. These same games are the ones people can play during the tournament,” he said.

According to Chien, those interested in participating in the tournament can register at the library Information Desk or at one of the library’s Unplug & Play game programs, which he also runs. Registered players play games against other participants to earn points. Points will be used to rank the players so they can be seeded into brackets for the knockout rounds that will be played at Unplug and Play on Tuesday, March 9, and, if necessary, Saturday, March 19.

Prizes are co-sponsored by Jervis library and the game store Cloud Giant in New Hartford.

Full rules for the tournament are available at the library or on the “Games” pages of the library’s website, www.jervislibrary.org. For more information, stop at the library or call 315-336-4570 and ask for Peter.

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