Many times Suffolk Ladies’ Champion Vicky Allen and her daughter Paula have been running a successful chess club at the Meadows Montessori School, in North Ipswich. Pictured below today, just before a 13-board simul was about to begin, the club is divided into two age-groups. The younger ones (7 – 8 year olds) meet for 45 minutes at lunchtime on Fridays, followed by an hour (during curriculum time) for the older children (9 – 10 year olds).
Vicky and Paula are to be congratulated for this initiative, which has introduced chess to more than 25 youngsters. Many other schools, in both the public and private sectors, are crying out for similar support. If you have the time, the rewards are fantastic. Not financial of course, but it’s sufficient just to see the pleasure that these children get out of playing the game. We all know that feeling, of course, so let’s pass some of it on to the next generation!