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Chess - not just for Kings!

13th Jan 2017

1st Knocknamuckley BB ran an open chess competition on Fri 20th Dec for all BB members and Past members.

A shock win by Andrew Calvert over James White in the last round meant a mini knockout round of 10 min games was needed to determine the outright winner. Some excellent technical play( and the odd blunder) was witnessed and the eventual winner was Neill Adamson.

Special mention must be given to Calum Guiney on his first tournament in taking much valued points off more experienced players. RESULTS Open section - NEILL ADAMSON Under 18 section - MATTHEW MCCONAGHY UNDER 14 section - CALUM GUINEY

And it's not just for Kingsā€¦(or geeks!)
Chris Bonelo one of our speakers at the 2016 Brigade Conference, is a BB leader, and former teacher with Asperger syndrome. At the conference Chris related how teaching and playing Chess with children who had Autism would teach them to understand actions and consequences, grow in confidence, how to earn rewards, cope with failure, and respect the other person's position among other things. You can read more of what Chris says on Chess on his blog here

Medical Researchers claim playing chess can:
1. Raise IQ
2. Help prevent Alzheimers
3. Exercise both sides of the brain
4. Increases creativity
5. Improves memory
6. Increases problem-solving skills
7. Improves reading skills
8. Improves concentration
9. Teach planning and foresight

If you would like to try this activity to your company please contact NIHQ who will put you in contact with some great chess advocates and players in BB.

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