The right moves at chess tournament

2016-04-05 06:00
 Ward Councillor Eddie Andrews hosted the annual Chess in the Park event at the Westridge Gardens on Saturday last week. PHOTO: City of Cape town

Ward Councillor Eddie Andrews hosted the annual Chess in the Park event at the Westridge Gardens on Saturday last week. PHOTO: City of Cape town

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Hundreds of avid chess players flocked to Westridge Gardens on Saturday to take part in the annual Chess in the Park competition.

Chess in the Park is an integrated event hosted by City Parks, Sport, Recreation and Amenities, and Library and Information Services.

“The event is a firm favourite on the calendar and attracts young and old. Chess is not always seen as a game for everyone and is often thought of as a sport for brainiacs, but it benefits all who play – and anyone can learn,” said Mayco member for community services and special projects, Belinda Walker.

“Playing chess exercises both sides of the brain, improves memory, creativity and concentration, and helps to develop problem-solving skills.”

Players from all over Cape Town joined in on the fun.

Ages were varied and attracted players ranging from novice to professional.

The event also saw a life-size chess board set up, allowing for spectators to also join in on the fun.

“Playing chess is a fun way of learning how to follow the rules and can help to build self-confidence.

“This event is also an opportunity for residents to visit the park and enjoy our facilities, while meeting other residents,” said Walker.

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