Chess players flock to Kawana
  • Thursday 25 September 2008

Chess players – some as young as eight - will have their chance to shine at the annual Chess Play-Off held at the Kawana Library today.

Up to 70 competitors of all ages will be vying to become this year’s chess champions during the all-day tournament.

Hosted by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s southern libraries, the tournament is run in partnership with the Suncoast Chess Club.

Elizabeth Stubbs, Co-ordinator of the Kawana Library, said the competition aimed to encourage chess players at all levels of ability, with prizes for novice players right through to the overall winners.

Last year it attracted 70 players, many of them children and teenagers, who play seven games of chess on a round-robin basis.

This year’s competition kicks off at 9.30am in the hall opposite Kawana Library, with certificates and prizes presented to the winners by Cr Chris Thompson from 3pm.

Prizes include a perpetual trophy, named in honour of Geoff Smith, a long time chess mentor at Maleny Library who helped countless people improve their chess games. The Geoff Smith Memorial Trophy for Junior Male Champion and The Geoff Smith Memorial Trophy for Junior Female Champion have been awarded since 2006.

Ms Stubbs said chess was a great way for children to have fun and boost their brain power over the school holidays.

“The emphasis of this competition is on fun, so children only need know how to play a game of chess, rather than being experts,” she said.

Healthy snacks and a free sausage sizzle lunch are provided for players, as well as a quiet lounging area for competitors to relax between games.