Chess has been offered to Brunswick House children for many years now, and many children have been introduced to this interesting and useful hobby. Chess helps to sharpen the memory and develop concentration and thinking skills. Some have taken a keen interest, attending chess sessions as often as possible and progressing through a series of awards and examinations. Others are happy to attend as a fun activity, enjoying learning the game without taking it too seriously!
Brunswick House children also competed in the Kent County Chess tournaments, and one player successfully won one of these tournaments in the Under 11 Section in 2018. One or two players are currently pressing for places in the County under 9 and Under 11 teams, and are also playing for one of the adult teams at Maidstone Chess Club. Many children have played well in the country-wide Delancey UK Chess Challenge, winning trophies, medals and rosettes, and in some cases even reaching the later stages of this prestigious competition.
In any one week, about 60 children are playing chess at school in the lunchtime or after school clubs, or are playing in some form or another at home.