School and uni combine to host chess tournament

MORE than 40 of the region's top young chess players will be hunched over chess sets in South Grafton on Tuesday for an inter-school tournament.

South Grafton High School, in conjunction with Southern Cross University, is hosting the tournament, which will include some university students and the school principal Megan Johnson as players.

Tournament organiser Nicole Lancaster said the tournament was the outgrowth of a highly successful chess club at the school.

"Every Thursday lunchtime we have chess club and we regularly have between 15 and 20 players," Ms Lancaster said.

"The kids were really getting into their chess, but I said they really had to play other schools to test themselves."

She said chess club was having a remarkable effect on its young members.

"First thing, there's absolutely no mobile phones and we're sticklers for all the rules around chess," she said. "There's no bad language and after every game the players have to shake hands with each other."

She said the club was also a break for her. "After I've had a few tough classes the thought of coming to chess club is a sanctuary for me."



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