The latest Wilton Public School newsletter has a chess item on it:
The news of the establishment of the WPS Chess Club spread quickly among the year 3 – 6 students in the early weeks of the term. The signup sheet was overflowing and I was regularly interrogated by the many chess enthusiasts, “Is Chess Club starting today?”
When we opened the doors for the first time in week 4 we had over 30 students attend, all eager for a game. Brimming with excitement, ranging from beginners (myself included) to the quite experienced players, the atmosphere in the library was quite different to the traditional, quiet, chess setting.
The club has been established with the guidance of local chess guru, Scott, who is volunteering his time to provide his expertise to develop the student’s skills. Mrs Shaw is our onsite chess expert, also sharing her knowledge and skills. The school has purchased 10 chess sets which the students gave the tick of approval this week.
It is great that the kids and teachers are having a good time, and that the school is committing to more chess sets. I hope to bring a love of chess to those that come along, with perhaps more structure for those that want to improve or can commit more time to the game. Time will tell! The full article is WPS newsletter edited page 3 (photos not from the school).
We had 3 boards busy on Sunday, with a few regulars and some new faces. I think we all learnt something, sometimes it was even chess related. We enjoyed the air conditioning, that we didn’t notice until we came outside into the steamy day. See you, and hopefully other new faces this Sunday from 9am.
We had 5 children and 2 dads come along today for chess at the Pulse Cafe Bingara (from 9am). One family was from Camden south, the other from Bingara Gorge: a perfect example of building community links. I passed on a few chess hints and tips to those that wanted to listen, and the cafe sold some ice creams and coffees so it was a win all around.
The kids that visited today go to Wilton Public School, where I drop in every second Friday for chess at lunch time. If you thought chess was played in a quiet environment, you would be mistaken – the kids were very excited and it was a good noisy!
I have created a page for links to local community and chess items of interest. Thanks to the local Wilton community facebook admin for allowing me to promote the club.
We will be meeting every Sunday from 9am during school term at the Pulse Cafe, Bingara Gorge. I am hoping for more advertising that we exist and the numbers attending can only go up!
This new year is the “Year of Community” for Wilton and Bingara Gorge. The Wilton Community Chess Club hopes to bring people from all ages and walks of life together – to play chess! It is hoped that friendly chess games, with a little bit of learning along the way, will bind us all together.
We aim to meet once a week for a couple of hours in the Bingara Gorge community space: Pulse Cafe. All skill levels, ages and experience welcome.
Please see the about tab for details, and there is other information on the site to hopefully help you improve your game, or at least to allow you to understand when you go wrong. Advice for parents is also there! Of course, we all know why we should play chess.
If you have any questions, or can assist, then please complete the contact form below. A gold coin donation is requested, to allow for the purchase of equipment or for mini-event prizes.