Chess youngsters take the challenge

PARENTS didn't need to check their children were board if they were among the young chess players locked into a challenge at Ipswich library.

PARENTS didn't need to check their children were board if they were among the young chess players locked into a challenge at Ipswich library.

Ipswich Junior Chess Club took over a corner of the library on Sunday for a few games with mates and to welcome some new members.

The idea was to get young people of all ages and playing levels to get together and hone their skills.

Theresa Bestow, the library's Sunday Officer, said: “We like to do things a bit diverse on Sundays.


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All the children have been really enjoying the chess club and one lad even came in beforehand and ordered a chess book in preparation for the day.”

Julie Harker, the club's treasurer, said: “Some of the people who came along had never played before. We even had a tiny tot come along who was no more than three-years-old!

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“Chess helps improve concentration in children and can develop maths skills and parents can get involved as well.

“Our members don't have to sign up or anything before they join. Just turn up.”

More than a dozen budding Kasparovs turned up at the library to pit their wits against each other and exchange techniques.

The club also has a giant chess board which they carry around to local events and meets every Saturday during term time at Copleston High School.

It's just £2.50 to play and more information can be found at the club's website www.ipswichjuniorchess.btinternet.co.uk or by calling Julie on 01473 435944 or Liz on 01473 713133.

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