Hampton Park Primary School has been running a Chess Program for the past four years. Chess is one of the most powerful educational tools available to strengthen a child’s mind and it’s fairly easy to learn how to play. Most six or seven year olds can follow the basic rules. Dr Peter Dauvergne from Sydney University says that research shows that some of the benefits for children to play or study chess include:

-  Chess challenges gifted children while potentially helping underachieving gifted students to study and strive for excellence;
-  Chess enhances reading, memory, language and mathematical abilities;
-  Chess fosters critical, creative and original thinking;
-  Chess strengthens problem solving skills; and
-  Chess raises Intelligent Quotient (IQ) scores.

Mr Adams who is a previous economics advisor to the Liberal Government says: ‘to compete in a knowledge-based and high-tech global economy, Australia will require a workforce that has not only greater skills but greater intellectual prowess based on superior analytical and computer skills.’ Mr Adams is pushing for chess to be part of the Australian Curriculum to be taught in all schools as he believes that chess helps students achieve the above.

The Top 10 Chess Players for 2015 are:
1. William 4B
2. Pevid 5C
3. Anushka 6C
4. Campbell 4B
5. Vania 6A
6. Mohamad 4C
7. Andy 4D
8. Eliyah 6A
9. Angus 4B
10. Dion 4A

Follow the links below for more information about chess at Hampton Park Primary School:
2015 Chess Competition winners and photos