Pieces are in place for chess resurgence in Gladstone

Matthew Ridden, 14, gets some instruction from top chess player Heather Richards.
Matthew Ridden, 14, gets some instruction from top chess player Heather Richards. Mike Richards

ONE of the country's best chess players hopes to enhance interest in the activity in Gladstone.

Heather Richards is a passionate chess player.

She loves its intellectual and social benefits and because "it can get pretty addictive".

Now living in Gladstone, Mrs Richards said she was looking forward to encouraging more people to get involved in local events and activities.

She hosted her third coaching clinic at CQUniversity at the weekend.

"Most kids enjoy chess," she said. "I guess it's intellectually stimulating.

"They enjoy when they win and they make new friendships too. You can use your mind in a different way.

"It develops their thinking and concentration but in a fun environment."

It's a big year for chess in Gladstone, with the Queensland Open to be held at the university in July.

"It's very exciting," Mrs Richards said. "Hopefully it will get plenty of people from around Queensland to come to Gladstone."

Three talented Gladstone chess players also attended the 2014 Doeberl Cup, which is one of the most prestigious competitions for the chess community in Australia.

It was held in Canberra.

Mrs Richards, Tristan Stevens and 13-year-old Aaron Fahey tried their luck and were pleased with their results.

"It's really exciting, three people from Gladstone went to the Doeberl Cup," Mrs Richards said.

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