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Year 7 Chess Incursion

The Year 7 students had a wonderful opportunity to experience and participate in the annual chess incursion on Wednesday, 27 February, organised by the Learning Enhancement Department. Chess coaches Vanya, Denise, Nikayla and Chelsea from Dark Horse Chess taught the girls how to play and some clever strategies of the game. 

After the initial welcome and introduction to the coaches, each student was placed into a group based on her level of experience and expertise in playing chess. All levels of ability were represented, from absolute first time beginners to advanced chess strategists. In their groups, the students worked with one of the four Dark Horse staff to learn more about the game, to become familiar with and practise the different moves of each chess piece and to apply strategy.  

The Year 7 students enjoyed the day immensely.  Some of the skills that learning chess helps to develop are:

• Pattern visualization
• Patience
• Memory
• Abstract reasoning
• Originality and creativity
• Awareness of the consequences of actions
• Confidence and self-esteem
• Concentration and focus
• Self-discipline
• Planning
• Problem solving

Siena also offers all students the opportunity to join the Chess Club, which meets every Wednesday at lunchtime in the Learning Centre.  Club members benefit from the support of Denise, a staff member of Dark Horse Chess.  Denise attends each week during the term, coaching and encouraging the students to build upon and practise their skills, regardless of level. Those students who attend may have the opportunity to participate in chess tournaments at other schools to further enhance their chess skills. It is also a wonderful opportunity to see the girls from all year levels enjoy each other’s company and to play against each other.


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