“Chess is in many ways like life itself.” “It’s all condensed in a playful manner in a game format and it’s extremely fascinating because first of all I’m in control of my own destiny, I’m in charge. You have to be responsible for your actions, you make a move, you had better think ahead about what’s going to happen, not after it happens, because then it’s too late. Chess teaches discipline from a very early age. It teaches you to have a plan and to plan ahead. If you do that, you’ll be rewarded” – Susan Polgar, 4 time World Champion and founder of the Susan Polgar Foundation
This year at John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School we have been offering Chess Club in the library. The aim of the Chess Club will be to have the students playing competitive chess in some tournaments later this year.
If you are looking for a reason to join the Chess Club here are some suggestions.
These same young people often cannot sit still for fifteen minutes in the traditional classroom.
Chess is a game for people of all ages. You can learn to play at any age and in chess, unlike in many other sports, you don’t ever have to retire. Age is also not a factor when you’re looking for an opponent –young can play old and old can play young.
Chess develops memory. The chess theory is complicated and many players memorize different opening variations. You will also learn to recognize various patterns and remember lengthy variations.
Chess improves concentration. During the game you are focused on only one main goal — to checkmate and become the victor.
Chess develops logical thinking. Chess requires some understanding of logical strategy. For example, you will know that it is important to bring your pieces out into the game at the beginning, to keep your king safe at all times, not to make big weaknesses in your position and not to blunder your pieces away for free. (Although you will find yourself doing that occasionally through your chess career. Mistakes are inevitable and chess, like life, is a never-ending learning process.)
Chess promotes imagination and creativity. It encourages you to be inventive. There are an indefinite amount of beautiful combinations yet to be constructed.
Chess teaches independence. You are forced to make important decisions influenced only by your own judgment.
We are always looking for new members of all ages so feel free to come along. If you know nothing about chess that is ok, we will teach you.
Mirrabooka Campus Chess Clubs meeting times The Secondary Chess Club meets on Wednesday lunchtimes in the library. Then Primary Chess Club meets on Thursday lunchtimes in the library.