Chess Club getting stronger and stronger – Bundaberg Now
The Bundaberg Chess Club is going from strength to strength with an intergenerational approach to developing future young chess masters.
The strategy game has been played in the Bundaberg region for a long time and after a successful year, including the Bundaberg Chess Festival held in November, President Martin Cole said they are looking for new members.
“We are always looking for new members of all standards,” he said.
“Many of our regulars are over 80 years old. I’m 70 and we have a lot of juniors.
“We try to meet the needs of juniors during our monthly Kids Grand Prix on the last Sunday of the month from 9am.
“It will start in February and be led by John Harris, a former Queensland champion.”
Martin thanked the Bundaberg Regional Council for their support of the local Chess Festival in 2021, which he said was the only open weekend held outside South East Queensland.
Micro-grants program helps chess club with masterclass
The Bundaberg Chess Club received a Mirco Council grant of $1,000 to help with their master class.
Community Services Portfolio Spokeswoman Cr Tracey McPhee said after an increase in requests for support last year, the Bundaberg Regional Council’s Community Grants program had been increased to $100,000.
Cr McPhee said the micro-grants program, with a budget of $30,000, allowed non-profit organizations in the region to apply for up to $1,000 in support.
“The Micro-Grants Program provides financial assistance to community groups and associations that meet recognized community needs, as identified in the council’s 2020-2023 Community Development Strategy or the Region’s Sport and Recreation Strategy. Bundaberg,” said Cr McPhee.
Cr McPhee said last year the program had supported 24 local community groups for a range of projects from buying equipment to events similar to the Bundaberg Chess Club masterclass.
“The Council has been able to help groups such as Bundaberg Karting Club, Bundaberg Arts Festival and Isis District Horse and Pony Club Inc through its micro-grants program over the past fiscal year,” she said.
Martin said that for the Bundaberg Chess Festival the help was invaluable as it gave the next generation of chess players a chance to see the possibilities first hand.
“We have received great help from the Bundaberg Regional Council and other sponsors,” Martin said.
“The Bundaberg Chess Festival began on Friday 26 November with a day of teaching for local students by British grandmaster Daniel Fernandez, which was funded by a grant from the Council.”
Martin said the open was played over six rounds, with games lasting up to two and a half hours.
“Thirty-two players fought for the trophy, including the visiting grandmaster and two other international masters from Queensland,” he said.
“It was a very high level set for a regional event.
“The tournament is run on a Swiss system with winners playing winners and losers playing losers, in subsequent rounds, so the field layers to provide a clear winner.”
Members of the Bundaberg Chess Club meet on a Wednesday from 6 p.m. in the U3A rooms at 80a Woongarra Street.
Learn more about the group via Facebook.