CONCENTRATION: Declan Bertoli and Cyle Swann at a school's chess tournament last year.
CONCENTRATION: Declan Bertoli and Cyle Swann at a school's chess tournament last year. Mike Knott BUN271015CHESS3

Bundy's king of chess says it's all about thought

IN THIS day and age life can be full of distractions, but one local club is kicking concentration goals with their weekly chess events.

The Bundaberg Chess Club, first established in 2006, holds weekly social plays, tournaments and school lessons which secretary Allan Menham says is helping children and adults alike to focus on being focused.

"It has been proved that there have been so many benefits of playing chess,” he said.

"What we have found is that it helps with concentration, especially for children with ADHD. "A couple of months of chess and the teachers tell us that the kids are different, that they are more easier to manage and know that they can concentrate and sit down for half an hour.

"Before they couldn't last five minutes in a room without kicking up a fuss.”

Mr Menham, who teaches chess at 11 different schools in Bundaberg, said the game was all about logic and reading the opposing player.

"I love the fact that you have to think when you play chess. You have to plot moves and be a little bit conniving,” he said.

"It is a great game because it is one on one. You are in front of someone, seeing there facial expressions and you have to try to figure out their next move.”

Mr Menham said when he wasn't teaching school students, he could be found at the The Bundaberg Chess Club battling it out with fellow chess enthusiasts.

He urged other chess lovers to head along to the U3A rooms on 80A Woongarra St every Wednesday night at 6.30pm to have a crack at becoming a chess master.

"We rotate between holding social games and tournaments each week to give the members something different,” he said.

Membership costs $12 a year for adults and $6 a year for children.

To find out more, contact Allan Menham on 0417 073 094.



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