Four-year-old Preston Lake, of St Clair, is sharing his love of chess with his classmates and teachers at Gumbirra Preschool.
PRESTON Lake (pictured), of St Clair, is a young chess prodigy in the making.
The four-year-old reversed roles at Gumbirra Preschool after he picked up the chess board one morning and began teaching his educator how to play.
Childcare aide Julie Ransom said Preston came across the board after it was left out by the older students.
“We have things for the six- to 12-year-olds out when the three- to five-year-olds come in — so when Preston saw the chess board he initially started playing with another child and teaching him,” Mrs Ransom said.
“He then asked another staff member, Michelle, and they started playing.”
Mrs Ransom has been working at the centre for 20 years and said Preston was unique. “Preston is very much an internal thinker, he does a lot of observation — he will think outside the square and he says and does things you wouldn’t normally hear.”
Mother Patricia Lake said Preston was taught to play chess at a young age.
“Preston was taught to play by his father and now plays with his younger brother at home,” she said.
“Since his brother isn’t at school with him, he is now trying to teach the teachers.”
Thanks to Preston, Mrs Ransom said the centre had now added chess to its regular schedule.
“We are now going to download some chess apps onto our iPads so everyone can play,” she said. “I have even had to learn how to play chess now because of the interest Preston has created.”
King of the board: Preston Lake. Picture: Phil Rogers