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Chess players primed for champs

A chess coaching clinic held at Diazville Primary School recently celebrated the West Coast’s cream of the crop, who will attend the South African Junior Chess Championships (SAJCC) in Boksburg from Friday 14 to Monday 24 December.

For some parents the significance of the coaching clinic, which took place on Tuesday 2 October until Thursday 4 October, lay in its preparation of players, for playing better chess, for enhancing their social skills, life skills and further strengthening a positive attitude.

Players were also taught the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. “As a chess player you need to eat well, exercise and get enough rest in order to be at your mental peak,” said head coach Basil Ellman.

This clinic was made possible by the generosity of sponsors such as Mykonos, West Coast Chess Institute and Duferco, lightening the financial burden on parents as well as the West Coast Chess Union.

The chess union could then provide such things as snacks and drinks for the three days for the clinic, which normally costs approximately R500 per person per day.

The clinic also included a rated chess tournament, which is considered vital preparation for players participating in the SAJCC.

The chess union is also grateful to Ellman and fellow coach Jacques Basson for offering their time and energy as well as all the parents who played a vital part in ensuring the union is on track in getting its players to the SAJCC in very good form.

Those interested in sponsoring the players can contact this writer on 081 725 9339, or email andre@genderjustice.org.za.

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