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Thank you to the organisers of the competition at Endeavour Hills Secondary College held today (5th August).

Our students from Fountain Gate Secondary College enjoyed the challenge of playing students from other schools; I’m sure they learnt a good deal about chess and more importantly sportsmanship.

Again, thank you,

Yours sincerely,

Anne Damon
Teacher Librarian

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In a May survey of over 200 Australian schools, 98 percent said that chess has many ‘soft’ skill benefits in addition to the commonly discussed ‘hard’ benefits like problem solving, mathematical reasoning and spatial awareness, with 61 percent stating that chess had an equal effect on both soft and hard skills.

Decision making (74% rated impact as significant) and self-confidence (51% rated impact as significant) were identified as the soft skills most heavily influenced by chess, followed by resilience (ability to cope with loss or unexpected change), general behaviour and locus of control (the extent to which a person believes that they can control events that affect them).

Respondents also identified other soft skills positively improved through regular chess play, including social interaction, patience and personal communication.

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The kids goal last year was to get into the State Finals..and we were thrilled that two teams made it!!!  Although they did not do so well in the finals they had a ball and the experience was invaluable!!! So thank you for organising these great events!!! We all look forward to next year’s tournaments!!!

Maria Damianos
Melton Secondary

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When I started a Chess Club at St Philips College this year, I had a number of girls interested in joining. They did not know how to play but were keen to give it a go, so with their friends they attended Chess Club each week.

They have all come a long way. The benefits they have received from playing Chess are unimaginable. From the social interaction with many other students (male and female) that they did not know, to the problem solving, analytical and strategic skills they are now developing.

Chess is increasing their confidence, stimulating their minds and making them smile. Things like; making decisions and seeing the consequences, learning from their mistakes and moving on, all permeate into to their daily life, giving them a solid platform to assist them as they grow. The beauty of Chess is that it is a life long skill and it has no social, cultural, age or language barriers. What a perfect game to bring people together!

Yours sincerely,
Jacky Brown
Chess Coordinator

St Philips-Alice Springs-chess letter (PDF)

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Dear David,

Thanks again, on behalf of the students and staff, for your smooth and efficient running of the local competition. The students were “buzzing” with their efforts and the look of joy on the face of young Ben Mason (Wodonga Primary),who won only two games but walked into school with a silver medal and a new love of chess was priceless. We’ll see you next year!


Steve Todorovic
Wodonga Senior Secondary