Queen of the castle’s favourite chess move is checkmate  
Kris Crane 
From:The Courier-Mail 
October 31, 20121:00AM 

THIS pint-sized chess queen is aiming for a checkmate when she takes on the country’s best junior players. 

Stephanie Kay, 9, was among the students of Somerset College in Mudgeeraba now headed to the National Championships of the Interschool Chess titles.

The young star, whose team took the Primary Girls state title, said the game can get very competitive.

“You learn lots from playing chess … the most enjoyable part is learning, and you meet a lot of friends but my favourite part is winning,” she said.

“You have to plan your moves and you have to really concentrate on the board.”

Stephanie said they learn something from every game they play.

“Every game is slightly different, your opponent plays different,” she said.

“It’s very challenging, it challenges your patience but it is great fun.”

Somerset College headmaster Craig Bassingthwaighte said the children enjoy the game and its strategies.

“They love learning the game of chess as well as the tactical aspect, it really does challenge them,” he said.

He said chess teaches many skills which lend themselves to other study areas as well as life skills.

Source: http://www.heraldsun.com.au

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