Junior After School Chess welcomes students from Prep to Year 6 to join in the fun and competition of our weekly games. Registration is invited through Gardiner Chess’s office at Mudgeeraba firstname.lastname@example.org with one hourly sessions being conducted each Monday afternoon.
Two skilled chess tutors from Gardiner Chess support students during open play and strategy instruction. Tutors maintain a weekly tournament spreadsheet and also add one-off competition afternoons. Students receive place-getting certificates and encouragement awards from their tutors.
Chess is a game of strategy that benefits academic performance. Chess master, Jerry Meyers, believes that schools which offer chess make kids “smarter”. He states this is done by focusing (observing carefully and concentrating), visualising (imagining a sequence of actions before it happens), thinking ahead, weighing options, analysing concretely (evaluating results of specific actions and sequences), thinking abstractly (step back from details periodically and consider the bigger picture), planning and juggling multiple considerations simultaneously.
Our chess group has expanded to two concurrent groups due to popularity in 2014. All students testify that, whilst they enjoy the strategy sessions, the ultimate attraction is the thrill of the competition.