Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Check and Mate for Chess Club

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Check and Mate for Chess Club

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Byline: Simon McCarthy Chess

A GAME over 2000 years old is getting new life breathed into it.

Keen chess players Keith Jenkins and partner Cathy Farrelly started the CQ Chess Club.

The pair said they started the club in Gladstone after moving here from Victoria and finding there was no club in the area.

In fact, there is no chess club between Mackay and Bundaberg.

This is a far cry from the 1980s and 1990s when the Gladstone Chess Club (now defunct) held competition and regular meetings, said long-time Gladstone player and former Central Queensland chess champion Louie Radovanovic.

Radovanovic hoped for renewed interest in the sport now.

"A lot of people think chess is boring, but it can be very exciting."

The former chess champion said that once people get into the game they get hooked and see how exciting it can be.

Jenkins said that while Gladstone has many sporting activities available such as touch and cricket, not everyone can take part and chess can be played by anyone. …

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