Chess team make top move

Albany Extra - - Extra News - Shan­non Smith

Ken­de­nup Pri­mary School chess team are no stranger to suc­cess and are quickly be­com­ing heroes in their town, this year com­ing third at the State cham­pi­onship and once again head­ing off to the na­tional fi­nals.

The team of al­most 20 pri­mary school stu­dents won the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion and then held their own at State level.

They came third to the much big­ger Perth Modern School and Ned­lands Pri­mary School.

The team are now off to Mel­bourne to com­pete against the best chess stu­dents in the coun­try.

Coach Heather Fergie said the team had ex­pe­ri­enced and new play­ers. “This was a very good out­come, es­pe­cially for some of our younger play­ers,” she said.

“Many stud­ies have shown that chess is a won­der­ful way to broaden the learn­ing of stu­dents in ways that will con­trib­ute greatly to their suc­cess in other ar­eas.”

The chess club play games for fun dur­ing one lunchtime a week and meet most weeks af­ter school for indepth train­ing and coach­ing.

The stu­dents raise money each year for the na­tional cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne and wel­come any do­na­tions to their cause.

Do­na­tions can be made by call­ing 9851 4061.

The Ken­de­nup Pri­mary School chess team are on their way to the na­tion­als.

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