Chess lesson
Members of the Cigarz Lounge chess league are given a chess lesson before play begins. Photo courtesy Cigarz Lounge

The game of chess has seen massive growth in popularity since the beginning of the pandemic.

A group of Lincoln players have found a unique over-the-board experience.

Cigarz Lounge near 8th and Q street in Lincoln hosts a Monday night chess league every week.

Owner of Cigarz Lounge Stacy Williams and league judge Steve Kuzma began the league in September 2020.

Participants play for weekly prizes and a spot atop the bar’s leaderboard.