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YOUNG minds raced with strategies and faces were frozen in concentration at the NSW junior chess championship at Hume Public School yesterday.
Twenty teams of three from around Riverina, including Holbrook, Deniliquin and Albury, played for four hours straight.
Hume Public School co-ordinator Sean Scott said the game was great for students’ cognitive development.
“They are using strategic thinking and are always a step ahead,” he said.
“It teaches them a lot of skills like problem solving.”
Mr Scott said playing in teams taught them social skills and how to work together.
“The kids can learn the joys of success and failure which is something a lot of them struggle with,” he said.
Deniliquin Christian School won the title.
Mr Scott said he was impressed that every participant was a good sport.
“You get a point for every win and lose a point for every loss,” he said.
“Deniliquin Christian School only lost two points all day.”
He said he was proud of his school’s achievement of finishing fifth.
Mr Scott has run the program for children aged eight to 12 for five years.
He said students looked forward to the event.
“It’s a full-on day but the kids love it,” he said.