We always thought that Melbourne was the hub of chess in this country – turns out the Sydney Daily Telegraph has found some schools in Sydney just as enthusiastic. Could it be the recent Chess Kids trips to Sydney are having an effect?

At Bronte Public School, the teacher in charge of chess Helen Foster said up to 60 children from kinder-garten to Year 6 were involved in the chess program.

“The numbers are increasing and it is of enormous benefit to their work,” Ms Foster said.

Student Louis Shtein said: “Chess makes you think outside the box, improves your logic and your attention span.”

Jayden Forday, 12, added: “It definitely has helped me with my work – now I am doing a lot better in everything.”

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