Fairmount Secondary School’s chess team participated in the Western Cape Top Schools Chess competition on Saturday 31 August in Ceres. Six learners from the team advanced through to the final round of the competition. Team captain, Kaylin Young, said she loves playing chess because she finds it relaxing, it helps her with mathematics and keeps her focused.Young said her team practiced the whole of last week in preparation for the competition in Ceres. Her other teammates, Ashnay Davids and Azalia Martin are excited about the competition and are proud to be representing their school. Dorian Kasambala, a senior board player, did not participate in the competition but rather focussed on his upcoming examinations. The Grade 12 learner says he loves chess because it helps him with strategy and allows him to think a few steps ahead of his opponent. Kasambala says chess allows him to think differently and helps him with his mathematics. He says he hopes to study engineering at False Bay College next year.