YOUR MOVE: Gladstone junior Thasindu Chandrasekara plays his brother Aishwaryia Chandrasekara in an event last year.
YOUR MOVE: Gladstone junior Thasindu Chandrasekara plays his brother Aishwaryia Chandrasekara in an event last year.

Chess players to square off in Gladstone at tournament

CHESS lovers will converge on Gladstone's CQUni campus today for the first Central Queensland rapid play for adults and juniors.

Adult and junior players from Bundaberg, Gladstone and Rockhampton will take part in the tournament, which has six rounds.

Each player has 30 minutes on their clock to make all the moves.

"This is a great opportunity for adults and juniors in the region to play against new opponents," Gladstone Chess Club president Tristan Stevens said.

"It is estimated that there are over 605 million adults who play chess regularly around the world.

"We hope that tournaments like these will bring the joys of the game to the people of Central Queensland.

"The tournament will also be a good warm-up for players who intend to play in the Queensland Open Chess Tournament, which Gladstone is hosting in July."

Players who had never competed in a tournament and adults who hadn't played since school were being encouraged to enter.

"Through events like this, chess in Central Queensland can be strengthened, providing more opportunities for all to enjoy playing the game and its associated benefits," Chess Association of Queensland regional liaison officer and Bundaberg Chess Club secretary Allan Menham said.

The tournament begins at 9am today in the Leo Zussino Building at CQUni.

Entry costs $10. For details, visit www.gladstonechessclub.com.



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