Some 15 members of our club challenged 1st grade pupils at chess at a recent meeting at the Burmeister school. Chess in schools is one of our projects to encourange children from areas of racial integration and conflict to find other, more diplomatic methods of communicating as well as improving concentration and learning skills.

There were delightful scenes as the 6-7 year old pupils beat the rotarians 7.5 to 5.5 in thrilling encounters. Most Rotarians had to dust off long forgotten chess playing strategies and realised that playing young first graders was not that easy.

After a endearing presentation of the chess song by the pupils, the visitors heard a presentation of how chess can also improve strategy planning accompanied by a snack kindly provided by the burmeister school.

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