On Saturday 13th of June 2015, the Port Moresby Junior Chess Meet was held at Ela Beach Hotel. The event was organised by the PNG CHESS FEDERATION, this was the second time for this event to be held and there was a turnout of approximately sixty students from different schools in Port Moresby who attended the event. Students from schools like; POMIS, POM Grammar, Kila Kila, Paradise High School and some other schools in Port Moresby. There were eight from Paradise High School whom attended the event, but a really big number of students from POM Grammar.
The main purpose of the event was to improve students’ skills in terms of chess, to gain self- confidence and for the students to get to know each other and other people in the chess community. The event started off a bit late, but began, though things started off late, everything was organised and things went on as planned. By the end of the Chess Meeting, all the students whom attended and participated got a certificate from the federation, which was very encouraging for students.
With an interview with Mr Ayhan who is the head for Paradise High School’s Chess Club, He said that “playing chess improves students’ social skills, memory, spatial skills, numerical abilities, verbal aptitude, creative thinking, problem solving and reasoning skills.” He also said “ while learning and playing chess in an academic setting can provide a fun, engaging exercise in strategic thinking and exciting finding which emerges time after time and helps the player/students not just in the game but also academically.” This was said by Mr Ayhan, when asked how chess can help students academically.
Chess is not just any other board game, it’s a game that can also help you in your education and in the other things you do in life. So as an encouragement, take part in playing Chess or join the club, cause there will be a really good benefit in your life or education later on.

By Therese Poma (Grade 9)