Albury’s only children’s chess club is a strategic move for PCYC | border mail


A grandfather from Albury has welcomed a new children’s chess club, after his granddaughter couldn’t find a playing partner her age. Albury PCYC launched its first-ever chess club on Wednesday afternoon for children aged 5-12. Last week, the PCYC organized a robotics and coding camp. Rick Oswald-Sealy of Albury said his eight-year-old granddaughter, Jessica Browne, loved the game, but was forced to play against him and his friends because she couldn’t find anyone her age interested in playing. “Jess, she loves to play games, she loves to win, and she’s drawn to chess and I try to teach her, which I find very difficult,” he said. “To improve your chess you have to play and in my opinion it’s much better if she plays against people of her own age and level. “I have to orchestrate things to make it a fair game, which I do, so when I saw [the chess club] I thought that was ideal.” Mr. Oswald-Sealy said chess had many benefits for Jessica and other children. “Concentration, the development of various thought processes in the brain, the ability to learn from their own actions, especially if you lose, you can see why, and you can improve your self-esteem if you win,” he said. “One of the great things about the benefits of chess for me is that you have a plan. “If you can plan the game of chess, I think it helps you plan your life for success.” He said the chess club would also help him develop new social networks. Jessica said she started playing chess a few years ago but wanted to continue playing until she was 100. “I love everything,” she says. “It gets really tough sometimes, but it’s always fun. ‘I play against Grandpa and sometimes my friend Lisa and that’s mostly it.'” She said she was excited to play against other kids. the program would create a non-athletic activity for children in the area.” I’ve got about 15 people asking about it, so I’m hoping to get about 20 kids per session, which gives us 10 games going on at a time,” he said. “I’ve spoken to the chess clubs that are here and they are mainly for adults and the pensioner generation and some of them meet at around 8:30 p.m. in the evening.” Geoffrey Lindsay of Albury Chess Club said no one from the PCYC has contacted anyone in their club to find out more about children’s chess, but their club encouraged young players at their 7 p.m. meeting on Thursday nights,” he said. “We have a number of young players who attend, here they can either receive lessons from qualified players or play against these players. “We changed from an 8pm to 7pm departure earlier this year to make the times more friendly to younger players.” He said Albury Chess Club ran a Sunday afternoon chess club for children and their parents at the Urban Graze Cafe on Deane Street. “Here they can learn, play against their peers or better players and participate in a monthly competition,” he said. “This is run by a young man from our club who is the current Albury Chess Club Champion.” Sunday afternoon chess details are available on the Albury Chess Club Facebook page. Mr Walters said the PCYC may hold a chess tournament for children against adults in the future. “Adults may think they can play, but when they sit down and play against kids who know how to play, you can be embarrassed,” he said. “And hopefully I’ll talk to some schools and see if they’re happy for me to come and do a lunchtime chess club to start developing chess in the younger generation.” Mr Lindsay said the Albury Chess Club promotes chess in local primary and secondary schools. “The chess club recently organized the local inter-school chess competition held at Thurgoona Public School,” he said. “We also held the high school competition before COVID last year. “The chess club is offering an ongoing trophy to winners of primary and secondary competitions.” Mr. Oswald-Sealy said he thought that children should be encouraged to play.”It’s very sad that in Australia so little attention is paid to chess, especially in schools,” he said. “It’s a wonderful game to help children focus and develop their minds and abilities. “It’s just neglected.” The Albury PCYC Children’s Chess Club will meet every Wednesday from 4-5pm. For more information, contact the PCYC. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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