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Make new (check) mates - Age UK Brighton & Hove offers new chess course for beginners

Published on 31 October 2018 02:16 PM

A beginners chess course for older people is starting at Age UK Brighton and Hove on Tuesday 13th November. Running from 10 - 11.30am at its office on Prestonville Road, the free ten week course teaches older people to play, keeps their minds active and allows them to socialise. 


The course is being run by the Dementia Action Alliance in partnership with Chess in Schools and Communities, an organisation which works nationwide to promote the uptake of chess. It is aimed at non-players or those who have forgotten how to play. Initially players will complete mini games with a reduced number of pieces, working their way up to playing full games with confidence. 


Course teacher Andrew Wallace said “Taking part in higher cognitive activities such as chess has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia.  It’s important to keep the brain active and chess is like a gym for the mind!  It is also a fun way to meet people and a great game you can play with your grandchildren.  People have a misconception that chess is difficult, but by starting with mini games, I believe almost anyone can learn to play.”


Matthew Moors, who runs the Dementia Action Alliance said “Chess can often come across as serious and tense, when actually it can be great fun. We hope to see lots of new faces on this course, which will have a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. If you’re interested in chess, but have never learned, please come along. You’ll be declaring check-mate in no time!”


Chris Fegan, Chief Operating Officer at Chess in Schools and Communities said “I am delighted at the continuing partnership between CSC and the Dementia Action Alliance in Brighton. The previous course we ran at Age UK Brighton & Hove was a big success and we hope this next one will be just as popular. I was especially pleased that there were a number of women attending the last course, we hope to see the same again as women are underrepresented in English chess. That said, anyone over 50 will be very welcome.”


For further information, or to sign up for the course, please contact Andrew Wallace on 07900 666 077 or email


The Dementia Action Alliance is managed by Age UK Brighton & Hove and aims to make Brighton & Hove a dementia friendly city. To get involved email or call Matthew Moors on 01273 720 603.