Company sponsors chess tournaments

Photos: supplied Port Shepstone High pupils participating in the Master Maths Chess Tournament.
Photos: supplied Port Shepstone High pupils participating in the Master Maths Chess Tournament.

MASTER Maths Port Shepstone invited local high schools to participate in chess championships at their schools. Two schools took us up the offer and the tournaments were hosted at Hoërskool Suid Natal and Port Shepstone High.

The top five players from each school have now qualified to play in regional championships which will be hosted later this year.

Master Maths Port Shepstone would like to thank Tilla Schultz and Heidi Smith for their help in making this a reality and something to look forward to each year. The company will be asking local high schools again to take part in next year. They are calling out to all keen chess players who want their high school to take part in next year’s chess challenge series, get the school to email Master Maths on portshepstone@mastermaths.co.za. Next year schools from Kokstad and Queensburgh may be included.

Some benefits of playing chess for kids is that it improves the learning, thinking, analytical power, and decision-making ability of the child. Chess makes kids learn how to strategize aspects of the game and life. In addition, a child can also learn the importance of foresight, and planning. In the game of chess, a child learns to do a thorough analysis, research, and assessment of the situation before making any decision. Such an exercise provides mental clarity to the child. Mental clarity and mental dexterity are required for solving problems, analysing consequences, and formulating future tactics. Chess also helps in improving concentration and academic performance of the child.

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