Chess for everyone in the mall

June 23, 2024 BY

Test of strategy: Everyone is welcome to participate in the two chess events in the mall. Photos: SUPPLIED

CHESS fever is set to hit Hargreaves Mall during the approaching school holidays when two Chess in the Mall days take place.

A joint initiative of the Bendigo Chess Club and Chess on the Hill, the event will be held on Saturday 29 June and Saturday 6 July from 10.30am to 2.30pm at the Williamson Street end of the mall, near the bakery.

The events are open to all ages and skill levels, and will be free of charge with no bookings required.

Everyone is welcome to have a game with, or learn from, some of Bendigo’s finest players using giant chess boards, boards for social games and a simultaneous display.

From sharpening cognitive skills to fostering social connections, the benefits of playing chess are considered to be as diverse as the game itself.

Chess in the Mall coordinator and Chess on the Hill founder Andre Sardone said that, at its core, chess was a mental workout that challenged players to think critically, plan ahead and adapt to changing circumstances.

“In essence, chess is more than just a game, it’s a timeless pursuit that challenges the mind and brings people together in a shared quest for fun, companionship, intellectual growth and mastery,” Mr Sardone said.

Improving critical thinking and planning ahead are just two of the benefits of the game.


“It’s a great activity for all ages and backgrounds so we’d love everyone to come along – young and old – to enjoy a game or two and learn more about playing chess in Bendigo.”

Mr Sardone said research had shown that regular chess play can enhance cognitive abilities such as memory, problem-solving and decision-making.

But it was also a social game fostering connections and camaraderie among players, he said.

“Whether played for pleasure, competition or self-improvement, chess can offer a wealth of benefits that endure long after the final checkmate.”

The Bendigo Chess Club meets at 7pm each Wednesday in Bendigo, and Chess on the Hill from 10am Saturdays at the Old Church on the Hill, Quarry Hill.

The events will be cancelled in the event of bad weather.