Ingle Farm Library Chess Club a hit with the kids

Released on 27 April 2018
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(This article is featured in the April 2008 edition of Salisbury Aware).

We all know playing games is fun but did you know that playing chess is also great for your mind and health?

Chess can help in many facets of learning and development including, logical thinking, calculation, and imagination and helps develop social skills and friendships. Chess also promotes brain growth, has potential to raise your IQ, increase problem-solving skills and can significantly improve your memory skills.

The Chess Club held at Ingle Farm library began back in 2004 and has been a success ever since. The club provides a fun and friendly atmosphere aimed at helping children learn and improve their problem solving skills. The club runs during school terms, although originally designed for the younger generation, has been known to interest older players as well.  Currently participant ages range from five to 82 and the average number of players is 21.

David Merrifield, the brains behind the club, has been involved since its insemination and wouldn’t have it any other way. “I love how the Chess Club brings people, young and old, together”.

“For me, I look forward to Fridays, seeing how much they all enjoy the game. I also have the flexibility to change it up every now and then ensuring kids remain engaged. I can offer group coaching from the demonstration board, or from the TV using the iPad, run impromptu tournaments, offer one on one help, play several players at once in a simultaneous display, and generally encourage learning and fun”.

The Chess Club is a great Friday afternoon activity for kids and new players are always welcome to join. David also runs a Junior Championship and a Club Championship (open to adult members too) to test players skills and ability.

The Chess Club is held at Ingle Farm Library on Fridays from 3.30pm to 5.00pm (during school term only).

For more information visit: www.salisbury.sa.gov.au/chessclub or call Ingle Farm Library on: 8406 8595