Mackenzie Guest, 10 and Laura Kane, 14 enjoyed the Beginner Chess Coaching Clinic SUNfest activity.
Mackenzie Guest, 10 and Laura Kane, 14 enjoyed the Beginner Chess Coaching Clinic SUNfest activity. Contributed

Beginner chess games mark opening of this year's SUNfest

CHILDREN from across the region found out some things in life really are black and white, during games of chess that marked the opening of SUNfest this year.

Keen players competed during two three-hour introductory sessions for beginners.

"They had a great time, became involved, met new friends and if they want to keep playing have an opportunity to join our local club," Gladstone Chess Club secretary Mary-Anne Fahey said.

Allen Menham was the tutor, and taught the kids some of the finer skills of the game.

"The sessions taught about the value of pieces, basic moves and things to watch out for," Mr Menham said.

SUNfest is offering another chess coaching clinic today.

Former Queensland champion John Harris will drop in to teach the kids the tricks of the trade.

This Friday the participants' talents will be put to the test in a chess tournament, with games analysis, and Mr Harris will also play 10 separate opponents simultaneously.

The SUNfest program will continue to offer great activates across the region until January 23.

WHAT'S ON TODAY:

  • Aquatic fun at the Gladstone Pool.
  • Laser skirmish at the Seventeen Seventy Endeavour Park.
  • Mosaic PLATTER at the Gladstone Community Arts Centre.
  • Chess coaching clinic at the Gladstone Ports Corporation Social Club.
  • Funky clay heads and Erbu artwork at the Miriam Vale Community Centre.
  • Look out for tomorrow's activities. Some include: aquatic fun, laser skirmish, chess tournament and simultaneous exhibition, and paintball.



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